Faces on Faith: May we all be . . .
Pirkei Avot, which literally translates as Chapters of the Fathers (with apologies for the out-of-date gendered language . . .), is a collection of ethical teachings and maxims of the Rabbis from the time of the Mishnah (approximately 200 C.E.).
It is chock-full of aphorisms that deal with ethical and moral principles.
Among my favorites, of these sayings, is a Question-and-Answer teaching by one rabbi Ben Zoma. (Avot 41)
Ben Zoma says:
Who is wise? The one who learns from every person.
Who is brave? The one who subdues his anger.
Who is rich? The one who rejoices in his lot.
Who is honored? The one who honors others.
As I observe the lack of civility and worse! of this current political “season,” I wonder . . . “Where is Ben Zoma when we need him?!!?”
And as the “season” on our islands draws to an end, it seems obvious that Ben Zoma’s wisdom would serve us all well, no matter where the upcoming summer finds us.
Wishing blessing for us all, along the way (wherever that may be . . .). And when we’re packing, don’t forget to throw Ben Zoma into your carry-on!