A quote that sometimes appears on the internet is the following: "Everyone will be called to account for all the legitimate pleasures which he or she has failed to enjoy."

It is usually attributed simply to "The Talmud," which makes me suspicious since there is never a specific order or tractate mentioned. Is this a true quote, or is the attribution just made up?


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The reference (presumably) is to Yerushalmi Kiddushin 4:12.

ר' חזקיה ר' כהן בשם רב עתיד אדם ליתן דין וחשבון על כל מה שראת עינו ולא אכל רבי לעזר חשש להדא שמועתא ומצמית ליה פריטין ואכיל בהון מכל מילה חדא בשתא
R Chizkiah R Cohn in the name of Rav: In the future one will be judged for all that his eyes saw and he didn't eat. R Lazer worried about this opinion and set aside money to eat from every kind once a year.

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    Incidentally, the Korban HaEida and the P'nei Moshe (ad loc.) both provide two possible explanations of this: 1.) It is forbidden for someone to make himself suffer by refusing to enjoy something for which he has a desire. (This explanation does not encourage indulgence in general. It rather forbids asceticism to the point of suffering). 2.) It is forbidden for someone to bypass an opportunity to praise HaShem by making a b'racha (whether a birkas hanehenin or shehechiyanu) when the opportunity arises.
    – Fred
    Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 18:31
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    @Fred Yep. In regards 2, see also the Magen Avraham's Girsa in OC 225
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 18:32
  • Interesting! Judging from context, he does seem to interpret the Y'rushalmi as referring to missing an opportunity to say shehechiyanu. In fact, the context of the Y'rushalmi itself seems to support this approach.
    – Fred
    Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 18:37
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    IINM I've heard that Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch had said that when one dies he'll be asked whether he had seen the Swiss Alps. I assume that that was based on this Y'rushalmi.
    – msh210
    Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 1:33
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    Related judaism.stackexchange.com/a/94594/759 cc @fred
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 23:53

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