Let your house be open wide;
Let the poor be members of your household,
And don’t talk too much with the wife.
—Yosse ben Yochanan of Jerusalem
Translation note (1:5): ‘Woman’ and ‘wife’ are the same word in Hebrew. The Hebrew continues
with this commentary: “This being said of one’s own wife, so much more so of a friend’s wife. Thus sages have said: So
long as a man talks a lot with the woman, he causes evil to himself, neglects the study of the Torah, and in the
end will inherit Gehinnom.”