Nations will maintain their own traditions, holidays, music, idioms, diets, and a thousand things that make them different from other nations.
From the traditions about Ardashir I.
In estimating the work of one who stands at the head of the religious and legal institutions of Israel, it is necessary to refrain from interpreting the traditions from a modern legal standpoint or in the light of subsequent ideas and beliefs for which the sources themselves give no authority.
In short, the various forms of local self-government, which were intended to raise the nation gradually to the higher political level of western Europe, were condemned as unsuited to the national character and traditions, and as productive of disorder and demoralization.
1 foll.), who was controlled by the traditions which prevailed in the 4th century B.C. and after.