At the end of מוסף לשבת in דרכי אבות השלם (p. 375), a quotation is written in the name of רבי יהודה:

אמר רבי יהודה: אשרי מי שעמלו בתורה ועושה נחת רוח ליוצרו

Can anyone help me find the exact source for this quotation? I've found Berakhot 17a in the name of רב יוחנן with almost the exact same text:

ר' יוחנן כי הוה מסיים ספרא דאיוב אמר הכי סוף אדם למות וסוף בהמה לשחיטה והכל למיתה הם עומדים אשרי מי שגדל בתורה ועמלו בתורה ועושה נחת רוח ליוצרו

But, I have not found any quotation with that wording in the name of רבי יהודה.

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    There seems to be a dispute as to whether it is Rabbi Yochanan or Rabbi Yehuda who said this. Aug 18, 2013 at 3:44
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    Here and here cite a version of that gemara in the name of R' Yehuda. Incidentally, see the end of אותיות דרבי עקיבא, which quotes this teaching as that of R' Yitzchak in the name of R' Abba.
    – Fred
    Aug 18, 2013 at 18:34
  • Closely related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30613
    – msh210
    Aug 18, 2013 at 20:16
  • @Fred I too found the Yeshivat Har Etzion link on Google, but decided not to include it in my post for two reasons: A) they quote it in the name of the Mishnah and the only source for this saying I've found is in the Gemara and B) because they don't offer a source for the quotation.
    – Lee
    Aug 18, 2013 at 20:25
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    Wow, thank you @DoubleAA! If I understand this Rav correctly, he is simply stating "ולא מופיע בתלמוד" (!) that this quotation does not have a source in the Talmud??
    – Lee
    Aug 23, 2013 at 16:31

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Rav Meir Mazuz writes that the source is unknown.

It seems that this is based on an version that we no longer have.

The Noda Biyehuda quoted it, too.


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