The Sages in Pirkei Avos (4:1) define the honorable person as 'someone who shows honor and respect to other people' They are teaching us that it's not how other people treat you that makes you important and honorable. Rather, it's how you treat others.
When you realize that every human being is created in the image of the Almighty, you realize that right from birth every human being is important and valuable. By being respectful to other human beings, you add to your self-respect. You recognize that when you treat others with respect, you are expressing respect to the Creator.
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17 October 2014
If you had one prayer that you wanted the Almighty to fulfill, what would it be? Would it be wealth, fame, success? Judging by the people I meet, invariably they tell me, "Rabbi, if you have good health, you have everything!"
About 2,000 years ago the Sages redacted the Shemoneh Esray (also called the Amidah) -- the prayer we pray three times a day. It has 3 sections: 1) Praises of the Almighty (we should recognize the Source of all our blessings) 2) Personal and National requests 3) Thanks to the Almighty for all that He has given us. What do you think the first request the Rabbis instructed us to ask from the Almighty each day? Wisdom! The Almighty should grant us the ability to think, to make distinctions, gain insights and to make decisions with wisdom.
Why not ask for health first? Many years ago I asked my teacher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of blessed memory, that question. He replied, "What would you say if I told you about a person I know who is over 100 years old and in perfect health?" After I replied that it sounded fabulous, he asked, "And what would you say if I told you that he's been in coma for 30 years? There is more to life than physical health. Whatever the Almighty gives you -- including health challenges -- is your opportunity to fulfill your purpose in this world for spiritual growth and character refinement. For that, you need awareness and the ability to think."
The Almighty is constantly speaking to us. Whatever happens to us, who we meet, what we see -- these are messages. It is up to us to be aware and to think about our lives and how we are progressing in all aspects of our life and our relations. I once saw a beautiful quote: There are 3 types of people -- 1) Those who make things happen 2) Those who watch things happen 3) Those who ask, "What happened?".
One tool to build awareness and to aid in personal growth is to make a daily accounting before you go to sleep. Growth and accomplishment only comes through focus and effort. Each day ask yourself: 1) What am I living for? 2) What did I do towards my goal today? 3) What did I do away from my goal today? 4) What is a better goal to work towards? 5) What do I have in my life for which I should be grateful? If you do this, you will find that you will have more appreciation of life and greater accomplishment.
This week's Torah portion is Noah. The following anonymous piece was sent to me which I edited. Perhaps it's a bit whimsical, but hopefully it will encourage you to think about what you see, what you read, what you do -- and to ask, "What can I learn from this?"
Tu Hwnt I'r Bont Tearoom in Llanrwst, North Wales
photo by unicorn81
photo by g7prestonGapstow Bridge, New York, USA
photo by Jessica Jenney
photo by BooRad0859Apartment Building FacadeForest Lake In Poland
photo by Kacper Kowalski
photo by Kacper KowalskiPoet's Walk, Central Park, New York, USA
photo by Eddie Crimmins
photo by Vivienne GucwaHitachi Seaside Park, Japan
photo by nipomen2Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
photo by Martin Molcan
photo by Andrew ShalandLake Island, Poland
photo by Kacper Kowalski
photo by Kacper KowalskiCapitol Creek Valley
photo by Wayne Boland
photo by Alex BurkeKilchurn Castle, Scotland
photo by Mathieu Noel
photo by fen_snapzGrand Island East Channel Light House, Michigan, USA
photo by Jim Liestman