I remember several times coming across a text that asked something along the lines of:
"Who should one seek/learn Torah from?"
"How does one know whether to seek/learn Torah from a certain Rabbi?"

And the answer being something along the lines of:
"One who's face is glowing, appearing joyous or as an angel, that's how you tell that he is who you should learn from."

Has someone come across this that could point me to the source?
Thanks in advance.

  • I thought maybe pirkei avot but doesn't seem to be there, so perhaps it was in proverbs, or Rav Kook somewhere, not sure
    – Roman
    May 18, 2017 at 4:48

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This is a Gemara Hagiga (15b):

אם דומה הרב למלאך ה' צבאות - יבקשו תורה מפיהו. ואם לאו - אל יבקשו תורה מפיהו

If the Rav resembles an angels of the Lord of Hosts, seek Torah from his mouth. If not; do not seek Torah from his mouth.

  • Very unclear where the glowing bit comes from though May 18, 2017 at 12:39
  • @MosheSteinberg I believe the standard interpretation has nothing to do with luminescence and is instead to do with appropriate behavior.
    – Loewian
    May 19, 2017 at 15:21

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