Greeting Others

Greeting Others

Join the conversation! We would love to hear your wisdom and your voices.These are supplemental questions to continue the conversation started in Pirkei Imahot. This time the question is from our study of Pirkei Avot 3:16 (found on page 52 of Pirkei Imahot).

Greet every person with a cheerful manner.

In what ways do you greet others?… Read the rest

Acquiring Torah

Acquiring Torah

Join the conversation! We would love to hear your wisdom and your voices.These are supplemental questions to continue the conversation started in Pirkei Imahot. This time the question is from our study of Pirkei Avot 2:8 (on page 34 of our book).

More Torah, more life.

What can you do to acquire Torah?… Read the rest

Setting Priorities

setting-priorities

Join the conversation! We would love to hear your wisdom and your voices. We have supplemental questions to continue the conversation started in Pirkei Imahot. The first question is from our study of Pirkei Avot 2:20 (on page 42 of our book).

How can you prioritize your time when “the day is short [and] the task is great”?… Read the rest

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”?… Read the rest