Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Rabbi Masya ben Charash says: Initiate a greeting to every person; and be a tail to lions; and do not be a head to foxes.
This Mishnah gives us guidance in three areas of social relationships: the role of leader; the role of subordinate; and the role within which we interact with peers.
The appropriate personality trait to be called upon when dealing with peers is anavay (צנוה). The English word “humility” does not do justice to this concept. Anavay means that one considers other people important, while not assessing his own importance. It is a trait that is fundamental to the pursuit of peace.
Rabbi Yaakov says: This world is like a lobby before the World to Come; prepare yourelf in the lobby so that you may enter the banquet hall.
This Mishnah is about the ultimate human destiny. The Rabbis knew from the prophets that there is a World to Come.
Therefore, the present world was created only to prepare for the World to Come, for that is the primary Creation and properly reflects the perfection of the Creator.
Dedicated to: Audrey Heard