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What’s the one of the wisest things you have ever heard someone say?

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(46) Anonymous, July 11, 2019 2:21 AM

Simple wisdom

Back in the 70s I worked with a man who was older than my Granparents. When something went wrong or a mistake was made his usual response was ''that's why they put erasers on pencils.'' I've had people say, '' I've never heard that one before.'' He passed away in 1983. That has saved me a lot of frustration over the years. In memory of good old Bill.

(45) E Wilson, July 7, 2019 5:35 AM

To Succeed in Any Undertaking, Don't Rely On Gods Help!

To succeed in any venture, undertaking, plan or activity, Don't Rely On Gods Help!

This message was brought home daily to millions of trapped, scared and extremely worried people, parents and children during the Holocaust.

Gershom, July 7, 2019 12:15 PM

As we LEARN in the TORAH. PART-1.

E. Wilson - You wrote: "To succeed in any venture, undertaking, plan or activity, Don't Rely On Gods Help!".

I'm afraid - you're wrong - on two counts. I'll start with Psalm 127 - which states that - "... If Hashem will not build the house, in vain do its builders labor on it; -->> ETC., - ETC..
WHICH - APPLIES TO ALL MANKIND - IN EVERYTHING WE DO!! BECAUSE - WE - ALL MANKIND - ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE - and LIKENESS OF G-D!!!

**As we LEARN in the Torah. Am Yisrael - on their own - could not - and did not escape Mitzrayim (Egypt). And - it wasn't until - G-D - PROVIDED HIS HELP - through Moses - and Aaron - were our Avoteinu - able to escape. REMEMBER - THE PARTING OF THE YOM SUF? As well as - survive - in Bamidbar (Wilderness). EVEN WITH - THEIR REBELLIOUSNESS**.

We LEARN THAT - in Bamidbar - if we look at the overall picture. Am Yisrael - constantly failed - and - WERE PUNISHED - for FAILURE to have FAITH - IN - and KEEP G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws. Either by the fault of one person - or many. OFTEN - thousands died - because of - one - or many who sinned.
For just one example. Look at the story surrounding PINCHAS - about a Prince of Israel and a Moabite woman. Plus - other instances - where COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT of AM Yisrael SOMETIMES OCCURRED.

Though DISCUSSION OF - the Holocaust - CAUSES ALL KINDS OF ANGST - among those who - by all means - avoid discussing the CAUSE of the Holocaust. Those - who actually survived the Holocaust - their CHILDREN - and other very passionate commentators. MANY OF WHOM - ASK - WHERE WAS THE G-D - WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP THEM?

Gershom, July 7, 2019 12:18 PM

As we LEARN in the TORAH. PART-2.

Since G-D - could once again AFFLICT and PUNISH US. As we STILL DON'T SEEM TO HAVE - OUR COLLECTIVE ACT TOGETHER.
**JUST BECAUSE IT's UNCOMFORTABLE - to TALK ABOUT. WE - CANNOT IGNORE THAT - in G-D's TORAH. HE - G-D - TOLD US - IF WE IGNORE - AND DO NOT KEEP - HIS TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS - and TREAT HIM CASUALLY. HE - G-D - will ALSO TREAT US CASUALLY - and WILL AFFLICT US 7 TIMES 7 - for our SINS.

***The fact is - WE NEED TO BE EXTREMELY HONEST WITH OURSELVES - and the RELATIONSHIP WITH - and BETWEEN US AND G-D - on so any HISTORIC PUNISHMENTS - G-D - GAVE THE JEWISH NATION PEOPLE - and CONVERTS. Including - The MOST RECENT HOLOCAUST***.

***Therefore - WE - NEED TO TRUTHFULLY ASK - G-D - WHAT WERE - or MAY HAVE BEEN THE CAUSES - of ALL OUR HISTORIC COLLECTIVE HOLOCAUST PUNISHMENTS .
As well as - WHAT WAS THE CAUSE of the MOST RECENT HOLOCAUST***?

***WE - then - need to RECOGNIZE - and ACCEPT G-D's ANSWER(s). And BEGIN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING OURSELVES - and OUR FELLOW MEMBERS - OF THE JEWISH NATION PEOPLE - and CONVERTS - ASAP***!!!
BEFORE - IT HAPPENS AGAIN!!!

(44) Chavivah Zeltzer, July 5, 2019 11:55 PM

Thank you Hashem for not making me a slave!

I love this prayer from our morning prayers that did not make me a slave and with Hashem's help I can overcome anything and that I am made in his image and I am not trapped in situation like a slave even if my mind tells me so Hashem made me free and I am royalty because I am one of his kids and I can overcome anything with Hashem besides me.

(43) Gershom, July 5, 2019 4:11 PM

I was also taught that - ......

I was also taught that - G-D - wants - good - sound - Torah Teaching. NOT - Torah Teaching - that sounds good.

That - I was taught that - this implies that - with good Torah Teaching - and keeping G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws. G-D - will bless us. As well as - if we seek G-D to correct ourselves - when doing wrong. G-D - may chastise - or punish us - yet - help us so we can correct ourselves.

I was also taught that - with Torah Teaching - that only sounds good - if all we accept - is Torah Teaching - that sounds good - EG: G-D only loves us. and - HE NEVER PUNISHES. We don't need to keep - all those commandments and laws. We are being FOOLED!
That - I was also taught - that it implies that - just being nice to someone - or giving in - on an argument - may make you - and even the other person - feel good. But - it's not a replacement for - actually keeping - G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws.

(42) Enrico Enzo Marchetto, July 5, 2019 1:39 PM

Give us a desert...we will turn into a garden...

....this is our mission...

(41) Rose, July 5, 2019 12:49 PM

You’ve tried to reason now leave them alone. It’s between G-d and their heart now.

(40) Anonymous, July 5, 2019 12:05 PM

Thank you for this great and valuable question, I loved reading everyone’s answers and gain so much from Aish.com daily. We are Gd’s children, a light unto the nations, blessed to live a Jewish life of Torah and Mitzvot. Wisdom is such a gift, seeking it, a joy! Thankfully it’s a learning life, and Rabbi Noach Weinberg a”h, 48 Ways to Wisdom, is a great place to start :)

(39) Anonymous, July 5, 2019 5:57 AM

Time to stop after 3 times

If you try 3 times to solve a problem in a certain way and you are not succeeding, STOP trying that idea. You need to find another way to solve the problem.

Gershom, July 5, 2019 9:19 AM

A GREAT INSIGHT

Anonymous - I think - you're onto - A GREAT INSIGHT.

I learned it - just a bit different.

IF - you believe - and are asking G-D - TO GUIDE YOU. And IF - the first way - you try to do - solve - contact - purchase - etc., doesn't work - the first time.
Then - try again.

IF - it doesn't work - THE SECOND TIME. Be Cautious - and take another look. Maybe - G-D - is PROMPTING YOU - to SLOW DOWN - RELOOK - or NOT TO DO WHAT YOUR DOING.

IF - it doesn't work - THE THIRD TIME. G-D - has sent you - a clear message. DO NOT - CONTINUE IN WHAT YOUR TRYING TO DO.

That - has generally worked for me - on more than one occasion.

Nancy, July 5, 2019 10:26 AM

To commenter Gershom

There is a great video on this site by Rabbi Yaacov Salomon. It is called shut it down. He made this video several years ago. I highly recommend that you check it out. He makes very similar statements to what you are saying.

(38) Anonymous, July 5, 2019 2:28 AM

QUIET

Be quiet, listen and learn.

Gershom, July 16, 2019 5:10 AM

- WE - need to ask G-D - ......

Anonymous - Yes - often - we need to be quiet - listen - and learn.

However - WE - need to ask G-D - for - G-D's HELP. So that - WE - are able to DISCERN - PERFECTLY - the DIFFERENCE - between the TRUTH - MYTHS - OUTRIGHT LIES - FICTION - ETC., - that we are being FED DAILY - by those with - an AGENDA TO DESTROY - THE SPIRITUAL CONNECTION - BETWEEN US - and G-D - and KEEPING G-D's TORAH COMMANDMENTS - LAWS - and MITZVOTH - that - HE GAVE US TO KEEP - FOREVER.

Why - ask G-D?

Because - GARBAGE IN - EQUALS - GARBAGE OUT - FROM THOSE WITH A DIFFERENT SPIRITUAL AGENDA.

Also because - WE - have the RESPONSIBILITY - TO DO SO. As well as - BECAUSE - IT's G-D - WHO HAS THE ANSWERS - WE - NEED!

And - WE ALSO NEED ASK G-D - HOW - TO RECOGNIZE - KNOW - and UNDERSTAND - what MESSAGE - G-D - is SENDING US. WHEN - WE ARE RECEIVING HIS ANSWER(s) - of BLESSING(s) - OR - His PUNISHMENTS - OR CURSES. As G-D said HE - WOULD Do - IF - WE DON'T LISTEN - and OBEY.

THEN - WE - NEED TO THANK G-D - and RESPOND - APPROPRIATELY - TO WHAT G-D - is TELLING US TO DO.

(37) Brian, July 4, 2019 11:34 PM

On loan

Went to help and elderly man on a farm. It was long ago and I do not even recall his last name but when I arrived I looked around. What a nice farm. I told him that too. He told me "this ain't, mine, it is just on loan from G D. What a neat thought

(36) Lori Fredericks, July 4, 2019 9:15 PM

No one is better than you, and you are no better than anyone,

My dad told me this as a young child, I am 84 and still remember it

(35) Nancy Zwiebach, July 4, 2019 8:18 PM

Hard to pick one

One thought immediately came to mind, but as I read through, several others popped up. I'll relate them in order:
1. You can never learn less. Everything we experience is an opportunity to learn.
2. To be a good Jew, means to mind your own business (my grandpa).
3. Don't judge Judaism by Jews (told to me by two different rabbis in the same week).
4. The serenity prayer - "G-d grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference". This has seen me through many difficult and frustrating situations. If i cannot change what's happening (ie-a traffic jam), I may as well just accept there's nothing I can do - and relax. It is also, I think reflective if R. HIllel's famous guidance, which I love.

Raymond, July 5, 2019 1:41 PM

The Proof Is in the Pudding

I am not sure that I agree with those two Rabbis who told you to not judge Judaism by Jews. In fact, I think the very opposite of what they said on this is the real truth. Taking an example from systems of government, communism sounds so wonderful on paper ("From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"), but has been an absolute disaster whenever it has actually been implemented on any large scale. Contrast that with a system of government that runs on capitalism, which sounds so selfish on paper and yet is the only system that has brought people out of poverty and into prosperity. In the realm of Judaism, if it doesn't produce good people despite its intriguing worldview, then it is a system hardly worth pursuing. On a more personal level, nothing has turned me off more from being religious, than has the appalling behavior of some of the Rabbis and Rebbetzins that I have unfortunately encountered.

Gershom, July 9, 2019 7:01 PM

No system - is absolutely and totally - perfect - ......

Raymond - you wrote: "In the realm of Judaism, if it doesn't produce good people despite its intriguing worldview, then it is a system hardly worth pursuing. On a more personal level, nothing has turned me off more from being religious, than has the appalling behavior of some of the Rabbis and Rebbetzins that I have unfortunately encountered.".
No system - is absolutely and totally - perfect - without some flaws - ESPECIALLY SECULAR SYSTEMS.
So - Yes - as a completely SECULAR SYSTEM. Capitalism seems to overall - be the system that functions the best - to provide - better opportunities - for prosperity. And - each of the societal systems you mentioned - have produced people - who are able to function - reasonably well. - in that system. As well as - those who turn to corruption and greed - and other societal aberrations. UNFORTUNATELY - even in Judaism - it happens.
Overall however - in a Judaism system - as you call it. WHICH IS A NON SECULAR - RELIGIOUS BASED SYSTEM. There are huge numbers of people - who overall combined - lead the other systems - in functioning correctly - according to the Tenets of G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws. WHICH IS THE PRIME MEASURING FACTOR - FOR ALL - SYSTEMS.
With the significant numbers - that make Judaism - A RELIGIOUS BASED SYSTEM - overall - more successful than - the other systems.
WHY - look at the system - and say - it's rotten - just because - there are those - you - find appalling? Isn't that - kind of like going to the market - buying a basket of fruit - then - throwing the whole basket of fruit out - because - you find "a worm - or a fly" - crawling on - "A PIECE" OF THE FRUIT - IN THE BASKET? Then - you quit eating that kind of fruit - JUST BECAUSE OF - one piece of fruit - you found appalling. Or - seeing a brand of car - broken down on the side of the road - and telling yourself - I'd never own one of those.
Remember - it's YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTION TO G-D - that COUNTS in YOUR LIFE.

(34) HOWARD JOFFE, July 4, 2019 8:15 PM

quiet people are NOT the ONLY people who dont say much.

Anonymous, July 5, 2019 11:10 AM

Humor also :)

(33) Richard, July 4, 2019 8:00 PM

I don't know!

I don't know!

(32) LittleCricket, July 4, 2019 5:44 PM

You were created with 2 ears, but only one mouth.....

Grandfather ran from the Nazi's for 4 years before making it to Canada to join my grandmother. "The Holy Divine Creator made you with 2 ears, but only one mouth.....this means, "You should be listening twice as much as you talk"....aka, "You cannot learn if you are blabbing".

(31) Susan, July 4, 2019 5:15 PM

Chill.

My older brother shared this 4-word gem of wisdom that has spared me a lot of aggravation and from speaking lashon hara over the years. All Families Are Crazy.

(30) Anonymous, July 4, 2019 4:41 PM

Wisdom is costly come by! Gain as much as you can from others

Never spend time with an older person without asking them what’s the most important lesson life has taught them

(29) Reuven Frank, July 4, 2019 4:02 PM

Two

My Dad, A"H:

"If you want to do something, you find ways.
If you don't, you find excuses."


The Sages (in Paraphrase):

The true Strong Man is the one who rules his own spirit.

(28) L. D. Levine, July 4, 2019 3:41 PM

Don't despair, count your blessings !

never feel sorry for your self.

(27) Gouri, July 4, 2019 3:17 PM

Fatherly advice

Son, I wouldn't do that if I was you.

(26) Rebecca Friedman, July 4, 2019 2:37 PM

Truth

The truth can never come back to haunt to. Always telling the truth means never being caught in a lie.

Gershom, July 4, 2019 5:40 PM

- A Lie - is like counterfeit money.

Rebecca - Oh - HOW TRUE! And - A lie - is like counterfeit money.
You don’t want to be caught with it - in your possession - and passing it on.

(25) Shoshanna USA, July 4, 2019 1:06 PM

Said

"The less said, the better."

(24) Jaya, July 4, 2019 11:14 AM

Wise words !

My father always said that one must try to do the right thing no matter how difficult . And whatever you do is for God and this no expectations from people as reward for that . This has clutter freed my mind greatly and made hardships easy as it is for God I do what I do and my service is in his honour , nobody owes me anything . My inner life has more grace for embracing this attitude , little disappointment and more enthusiasm.

(23) Anonymous, July 4, 2019 10:41 AM

Being right

You can be so right, you are wrong!

Gershom, July 4, 2019 12:35 PM

I wouldn't think that - ......

Anonymous - without a clear example here - of what you mean - it's hard to discern - just how you came to this kind of conclusion.

If one had to understand it - as you've expressed it.** One could interpret your statement to mean that - since one has chosen to accept - and keep - G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws. Among the other things - it could mean. It could mean that - one is now wrong - for having forsaken - their prior belief - in a false deity**.

I wouldn't think that - that is NOT - the understanding of your statement - that you meant?

K, July 4, 2019 1:36 PM

What I believe anonymous meant is that sometimes we are so sure we are right that we fail to take the time to see the other person’s perspective which can lead to judgment that is not objective, with something vital omitted. Thus, we can be wrong. If that’s the case then in regard to your question, Judaism isn’t about an argument between 2 ppl. We are encouraged to ask questions and seek answers so our judgment isn’t blurred by our feelings of being right or wrong but rather by facts that we can learn about.

Gershom, July 4, 2019 6:35 PM

As your response - is a possible correct response.

K - I thought about what you posted - when I asked ANONYMOUS - for an CLEAR - and HOPEFULLY CONCISE ANSWER. As your response - is a possible correct response.

But - because the statement by ANONYMOUS - is so OPEN ENDED - and leaves a great deal of SPECULATION - as to what Anonymous - meant.
IN MY RESPONSE - I think I implied - and brought out in my response - that - THERE ARE OCCASIONS LIKE - when it COMES TO ACCEPTING - and KEEPING G-D's TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS - as G-D gave them to us - FOREVER. THERE IS - ONLY - ONE RIGHT WAY - PERIOD!! No matter - how many people - we discuss it with. And who disagree with us - that we need to only accept - part - but - not all of it - as they feel - we can do whatever we please - without G-D's PERMISSION!

**WE - who claim to be Jewish - CANNOT VACILLATE - EQUIVOCATE - or START 2ND GUESSING - "THE RIGHT CORRECT CHOICE" - THAT G-D HAS GIVEN US - IN ACCEPTING - AND KEEPING - HIS TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS - THAT G-D - GAVE US - FOREVER.
JUST BECAUSE - SOMEONE - or OTHERS - MAKE CLAIMS THAT - THERE IS SOME OTHER INTERPRETATION - RELIGIOUS BELIEFS/MINHAGIM - And or DEITIES - that MAKES OTHER CLAIMS**.

**WE - JEWS - HAVE TO REMAIN ABSOLUTELY STEADFAST - IN OUR BELIEF. Because - in this relationship with G-D - and HIS TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS - HE GAVE THEM TO US. We - ARE RIGHT**. THEREFORE - OUR JUDGEMENT OF OTHERS - THOSE who choose - to believe otherwise. Are - in plain and simple terms - WRONG!!

Although - on so many other issues - etc.. We still can have - discussions with others - and CONSIDER - THEIR OPINIONS - ask - and discuss questions.

BUT - WHEN IT COMES TO G-D's TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS. WE JEWS - MUST STICK TO OR BELIEF. AND WHEN NEEDED. WE can SHOW PROOFS - OF G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws - WITHOUT - BEING WRONG - for DOING SO.

(22) Ian Cannon, July 4, 2019 10:22 AM

Wise Parents!

My dear old Jewish Mother used to tell us..."Least said,soonest mended!", which basically means that what is in the past(arguments,etc) should stay in the past!...It's all water under the bridge! There's no point in bringing up old grievances!...Also,my dear old Dad would often say..."Instead of arguing (and falling out over it!)... just agree to disagree!" Also,he used to say "You can catch more flies(make more friends!) with honey(being nice!),than with vinegar (being nasty!)!" I miss them both very much!?

Laura, July 4, 2019 10:37 AM

What wonderful and thoughtful parents you have!!

(21) Tony, July 4, 2019 10:13 AM

I was once discussing the fact that....

G-D endowed King Solomon with wisdom. My friend Ziva replied "yes, but only at the end of his life".

(20) Gershom, July 4, 2019 5:39 AM

- try to walk backward - ......

A person I pretty much admired - told me - take a pair of shoes - from a person you admire - and a pair - from someone you despise.

Now - try to walk backward in the shoes of the one you admire - spiritually - mentally - emotionally - and physically. And see if - you can EXPERIENCE - and UNDERSTAND - what made the person you admire - to be what they are today.
Before you see - if - you want to - and can EMULATE that person.

Now - do the same - for the person whom you despise. Walk backward in their shoes - spiritually - mentally - emotionally - and physically. See if - you can EXPERIENCE - and UNDERSTAND - what caused them to be what they are today.
Before you see - how you should - and whether you should judge them - with what level of mercy. OR - what level of punishment.

And - for either of them - thank G-D - that HE PUT THEM - IN YOUR LIFE - so YOU - can EXPERIENCE - their DIFFERENCES - and how to LIVE - ACCORDING TO G-D's TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS - SUCCESSFULLY.

(19) Bonnie Nickle, July 4, 2019 2:02 AM

quite a few actually.

My Dad always would say "remember you are always in training"referring to Life situations and learning never ends. Another a was Rabbi Coopersmith's "Be a light". A.A.'s "Let go and Let God". A good friend " compassion doesn't cost anything, share it" .

(18) Anonymous, July 3, 2019 9:10 PM

There are always two possibilities to consider before making a choice.

(17) loreen, July 3, 2019 6:34 PM

a wise saying

My mother told me this when I was younger:
Self Pity is a luxury few people can afford.

(16) Lynn Bird, July 3, 2019 4:05 PM

Eagles!

Wisdom: If you want to soar with EAGLES do not hang around with Turkeys!

(15) MESA, July 3, 2019 2:33 PM

There was a young Rabbi who told me this back in 1999 or 2000. When he was about to take his final Smicha examinations, one of his teachers approached him and asked him if he remember all six parts of Shulchan Aruch. The student was bewildered- aren't there four? The teacher explained that aside from the main four- Orach Chaim, Even HaEzer, Yoreh Deah, and Choshen Mishpat- there are two more. They're called Seichel and Derech Eretz. If you don't have those two, the others mean nothing.
I still love this story and its message.

(14) Anonymous, July 3, 2019 2:26 PM

The wreckage of your Imagined future

We imagine realities that will never occur. Wasting our life energy and missing the now

Gershom, July 3, 2019 6:49 PM

- some of the realities that we imagine - ......

Anonymous - Consider this. **Maybe - the reason(s) that - some of the realities that we imagine - don't occur. ESPECIALLY FOR - THAT WHICH WE NEED - SPIRITUALLY - MENTALLY - EMOTIONALLY - PHYSICALLY - and FINANCIALLY - FOR PEACE ETC.. ARE BECAUSE - WE DO NOT PRAY TO G-D ALONE FOR IT. NOR - DO WE PUT OUR FAITH IN G-D. And - WE DO NOT - KEEP G-D's TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS. SO THAT - G-D - CAN HELP US OBTAIN - REALITIES - THAT CAN OCCUR - WITH G-D's HELP. IF - WE SEEK HIM PROPERLY**.

We are not wasting our life's energy - and missing the now - WHEN - WE POUR OUR FAITH IN G-D - and OUR STRENGTH - INTO LIVING THE NOW - ACCORDING TO - G-D's TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS. WITH - AND USING - THE TALENTS - GIFTS - SKILLS - and ABILITIES - G-D - HAS GIVEN US.

When we do SEEK G-D - KEEP G-D's TORAH COMMANDMENTS and LAWS - EXCITING THINGS - WHICH COME FROM G-D - CAN BE OUR REWARD. WHICH - WILL BE - IN THE HERE - and NOW!! AS WELL AS - OUR FUTURE.

(13) Miriam, July 3, 2019 1:28 PM

Do good

Do good and good will follow you

Anonymous, July 4, 2019 12:44 PM

Love this! A great wisdom :)

(12) Anonymous, July 3, 2019 1:18 PM

Keep away from bad people

Keep away from bad people and have the wisdom to discern who is not good.

(11) Alaine Apap Bologna, July 3, 2019 1:13 PM

Let go.

Whatever the situation you are confronted with, especially between your family members-just let go and listen.

(10) sandy hotz, July 3, 2019 12:20 PM

no one has it all, no one is it all....

advice given during my Rabbi's sermon

(9) Herschel BUDLOW, July 3, 2019 11:56 AM

a life lesson for all

Experience is the hardest teacher
First you take the test....then you learn the lesson

(8) Anonymous, July 3, 2019 11:02 AM

Don't wish your life away, the older you get the faster it goes!

My dad, who passed away 49 years ago told me that when I was 17 wishing for the day to be over because I was going to see my boyfriend that night. I hear his words everyday in my head. They are so true.

(7) Sandy, July 3, 2019 9:19 AM

Words of wisdom when needed !

All Goodbyes arn’t GONE! Before Justice is done the damage can be done ! Never tell a man what your going to do or he’ll head you off at the pass! A verbal agreement isn’t worth the paper it’s written on ! A woman who tells you her age will tell you anything ! Lol

(6) Debra Keener, July 3, 2019 9:02 AM

learning

My husband's grandfather always said "You can learn something from everybody". It may be good or it may be bad but you can learn from it.

(5) Leon R DeWeerdt, July 3, 2019 8:57 AM

Perfection

Perfection is impossible but excellence should be your goal.
Vince Lombardi

(4) Laura, July 3, 2019 12:43 AM

My father always said, do one good deed every day to help someone else. It could be as simple as holding the door for some one else.

(3) Rivka, July 2, 2019 8:22 PM

Unforgettable

When I was in high school , there was this overnight trip that was the highlight of the year.
The seniors that year had a whole program planned. It was between 2.30-5 am, after a full day hike. They asked all teachers to give them a one sentence lesson for life.
Every single kid that was there remembers only the vice principal's lesson:
"When tired, go to sleep."

Laura, July 3, 2019 12:39 AM

I love it! Lol

(2) Raymond, July 2, 2019 2:11 PM

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

I can't seem to come up with anything wise said to me by people I have encountered in my everyday existence, which I suppose is a pretty sad observation to make in itself. Fortunately, however, our Jewish tradition is filled with very wise sayings. A particularly concentrated source for such wisdom can be found in the Chapters of Our Fathers (Pirkei Avot) which is essentially a collection of distilled wisdom taken from our Talmud. Among the more famous examples from that work are, "Who is wise? He who learns from every person." "Who is rich? He who is satisfied with what he already has." "Who is honored? He who runs away from honor." "Turn the Torah over and turn it over, for all of knowledge is contained within it." "Where there is no man, strive to be a man." "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, than who am I? And if not now, when?" "Do not judge a person until you have been in his place." "Greet everybody with a smile." and so on.

Among Americans, among the ones who seem to have more than their share of wise sayings include Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Among the British, Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill seem to be the most quoted for their wise sayings. The good thing about such sayings, is that they are much more likely to be remembered, and therefore practically applied, than are long philosophical discourses.

Nancy, July 2, 2019 2:47 PM

To commenter #2 Raymond

I have to tell you that I truly do learn things from people of all ages. There are preschoolers who know things about Judaism that I did not learn until adulthood. I actually got some insight on the Beit Hamikdash from listening to a very intelligent 4 year old speak on the topic. It knocked my socks off!

Raymond, July 2, 2019 3:48 PM

Shoulders of Giants

While young people can certainly say wise things, one must not fall into the trap of imagining that they know what is right and wrong better than do those of us who have been here longer. I think that one of the major reasons why our society has broken down so much, is precisely due to a lack of respect for our elderly, and for our centuries-old traditions. Built into Orthodox Judaism, btw, is a reverence for the kind of wisdom I am speaking about here. Or as Isaac Newton said so long ago, "The only reason why I can see so far, is because I stand on the shoulders of giants."

Gershom, July 2, 2019 4:23 PM

G-D - uses many avenues ......

Raymond - You have a valid point - in general - about youth - not respecting their elders. Like - rising before their elders. Just as G-D Commanded - in the Torah.

However - Just a gentle reminder that - G-D - uses many avenues - to teach us - His Torah Commandments - and Laws.
And - in Psalms 8:-3 - It says: "Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings You (G-D) have established strength, because of Your (G-D's) enemies, to silence foe and avenger".

If G-D - has established this. Maybe - we should take NOTICE - of a POSSIBLE MESSAGE - G-D - is SENDING - through the MOUTHS OF BABES - AND SUCKLINGS.

Although - we should SURELY - VALIDATE - what may come from the MOUTH OF BABES - AND SUCKLINGS. So that - WE - DON'T JUST ACCEPT IT - AT FACE VALUE.
And that - WE - HAVEN'T DISMISSED - A MESSAGE FROM G-D. BECAUSE WE FEEL SLIGHTED - AS - the ELDERS - and the MESSAGE - wasn't through US.

Nancy, July 5, 2019 10:20 AM

Re: Shoulders of Giants

Raymond--
Thank you for bringing up that excellent point. I am a great admirer of the many giants in this world. On the other hand, I have heard people disrespect young people merely BECAUSE they are young. I guess I am trying to say that I can learn from every person, regardless of age.

(1) Gershom, July 2, 2019 12:23 PM

OH WOW!!

What’s the one of the wisest things - I've have ever heard someone say? OH WOW!! - there are so many wise things - that have been said - by so many. And each of them - in their own context - are wise to the issue or occasion.

To start with - for me - this one is implied - in G-D's Torah - about our KEEPING G-D's Torah Commandments - Mitzvoth and Laws. Paraphrasing - it goes like this: For many - eyes have they - but -they see not.
Ears have they - but - they hear not.
Minds have they - but - they think not.

Anonymous, July 7, 2019 3:40 AM

It's from Psalm 135, I believe. In reference not to obeying the Torah, but rather about idols (and hence why there's no point in worshiping them).

Gershom, July 7, 2019 1:03 PM

- it may be slightly OBTUSE - ......

Anonymous - You're right on target - with the Psalm 135. It's also part of the prayer - included in our Tefillah during Shakharit - on Shabbat.

**However - although - it may be slightly OBTUSE - in its BROADER IMPLICATION in the TORAH. G-D said that - MAN the CARVER/SCULPTER - MADE THE IDOLS - out of (X). After which - MAN - PRAYS TO THEM. And IDOLS - cannot serve G-D - NOR - KEEP - G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws - NOR - ANSWER - MANS PRAYERS TO THEM**.

"This obtuse broader implication" WHICH - I agree - IS NOT POINT BLANK - appears to also refer to - the many references to Idols in the Torah. EG: EX: 20 - 23 - 26. In DT: 8 - 17. And the relationship of how - man - has his obligation to keep G-D's Torah Commandments and Laws.

I hope that - this is not too convoluted - a connection to idols.

 

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