PIRKEI AVOT: Chapter 2, Mishnah (Teaching) 5

Community support

Hillel Taught:

Do not withdraw from the community.

Do not be sure of yourself till the day of your death.

Do not judge your fellows till you stand in their situation.

Do not say “It is not possible to understand this,” for ultimately it will be understood.

Do not say “When I have leisure, I will study,” for you may never have leisure.

Hillel speaks of the power of a community. In life there are moments that might lead us to withdraw into our selves, and that’s acceptable for a moment. But, ultimately we are meant to be in community, in partnership. We can support one another through ups and downs, reassure one another and help one another.

Which of Hillel’s rules for life do you think is most important?

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