Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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What is the proper path?
The Mishnah tells us that there is a “balanced path,” defined on one side by subjective opinion of what is proper, and on the other side by external perceptions of what is proper. To choose the right path is to do the right thing in the right way, by testing the integrity of our choices against personal and public standards.
Whatever is a credit to himself and earns him the esteem of fellow men.
We may ask: If a person does that which they know to be good, why doe they need to consider the opinion of others? The answer is that behavior must be acceptable to the community as well as to HaShem. Behavior can be truly upright and yet arouse suspicion or contempt.
Whatever is credit to himself and earns him esteem of fellowmen.
A sincere person directs their acts for the sake of Heaven. A person who wishes to gain approval by appearing tobe righteous is not on the “proper path.” One’s action must receive public esteem, but must not be motivated by it.
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