PIRKEI AVOT: Chapter 2, Mishnah (Teaching) 8

Wisdom in study

Another favorite teaching of Hillel:

More flesh, more worms; more possessions, more worries; more wives, more witchcraft; more maidservants, more thievery.

However, more Torah, more life; more study with colleagues, more wisdom; more counsel, more understanding; more good deeds, more peace.

The acquisition of a good reputation brings personal gain, but one who has acquired Torah has acquired eternal life.

“Torah” here stands in for learning. One who can learn from anyone lives on forever because of their ability to listen with an open mind and heart. Personal development comes when we open our ears and hearts to learning from one another and to listening to each other.

How do you believe one gains a “good reputation”?

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