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    There is a passage , appearing slightly different from both the Bavli v'Yerushalmi Talmudim, that sheds light on the self-perception of haprushim.
    Yerushalmi talmod , Berachot, 14b
    Bavli Talmod, Sotah 22b

    Describing the different pharisees:
    (a paraphrase of the difficult language describes seven
    1) The "shoulder" Pharisee wore his good deeds on his shoulder so everyone could see them
    2)The "wait a little" Pharisee always found an excuse for
    putting off a good deed.
    3) The "bruised" Pharisee shut his eyes to avoid seeing a woman and knocked into walls, bruising himself.
    4)The "humpbacked" Pharisee always walked bent double, in false humility
    5) The "ever reckoning" Pharisee was always counting up the numbers of his good deeds
    6) The "fearful" Pharisee always quaked in fear of the wrath of EL.
    7) The "El loving" Pharisee was a copy of Avraham who lived in faith and charity.

    The plague of Pharisees etc: our rabbis have always tought: there are 7 types of prushim: the shikmi, the nikpi, the kizai, the 'pestle', the Pharisee(who contanly exclaims)'what is my duty that I may perform it?The pharisee from love(of EL) and the pharisee from fear.
    shikmi-one performs the action of shechem
    nikpi-one who knocks his feet together
    kizai- one who makes his blood flow against walls.
    pestle-(his head) is bowed like a pesle in a mortar
    The pharisee who constantly exclaims-
    the pharisee of love and the pharisee of fear-Abaye and Raba said to tanna ( who was reciting the passage), Do not mention 'the Pharisee from love and the Pharisee from fear'; for Rab Judah has said in the name of Rab: a man should always engage himself in Torah and the commandments even though it be not for his own sake, because from (engaging in them) not for their own sake, he will come ( to engage in them) for their own sake.
    R. Nahman b. Issak said: What is hidden is hidden, and what is revealed is revealed: the great Tribunal will exact punishment from those who rub themselves against the walls

    There is much to learn from these pharisees. May we all benifit

    ONE TORAH [MEMRA(audible) and KHOCHMA(written)], ONE MASORAH.

    OBEY YE THE SOFRIM (HAKHAMIM) and the PERUSHIM for they are the only ones given right to and power to interpret scripture. DO AS THEY TELL YOU but do not do as the Colored-Rabbis and colored pharisees tell you, for they are Painted!(Matt 23:1-3)