Who is humble?

A person who is not happy with his lot cannot be a person of upright character. It is impossible for a person without Torah and without emuna (belief that Hashem is in control of every part of his life) to be humble.

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher spoke much about the lofty character traits of humility, mercy, decency and refinement. Once his pupils decided to visit him at home and ask him a burning question. The door to his house was open so they entered… and saw their teacher on the floor doing unspeakable acts. Shocked the pupils asked: “Isn’t this the opposite of everything you taught us?” Aristotle looked at them and answered “Must a teacher of geometry have a head that’s shaped like a rectangle? Of course no! In like manner, a philosophy teacher need not live by everything he teaches.’ Rabbi Arush, Garden of Wisdom, http://www.breslev.co.il.

Jewish history is filled with stories of tzadikim who conversely practised what they preached, and lived up to their ideals. The prerequisite of good character traits is humility and humility can only be acquired with Torah and emuna.

These daily lifts are inspired by Jonny Chippeck and dedicated to his ‘refuah shleimah’. Get well soon Jonny!

Please step up to the plate and contribute your own small nugget of Torah by sending back to me at terence@speedquote.net. The more people we have contributing, the higher this daily lift will go. Keep them coming.

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