Smack in the middle of the Jewish Book of Ethics (Pirkei Avot), the Rabbi Ben Zoma asks four questions:
Who is "rich"?
Who is "wise"?
Who is "strong"?
Who is "honorable"?
All good stuff for your Shabbat Table.
Now here's your answer key:
1. One who is contented.
2. One who learns from everyone.
3. One who has self-control.
4. One who honors others.
If you don't mind, I'd like to add a 5th question to Ben Zoma's list:
Who's "a hero"?
After everyone at your table contemplates that for a bit, try these:
1. Can you name a well-known person generally treated as rich, wise, strong or honorable but according to Ben Zoma is not? Can you think of anyone who is?
2. I say that a hero is someone who is falling short in one or more of Ben Zoma's ideals but then works on himself and masters it — even just one of the four. If you could become a hero in just one of them in this lifetime, which would you choose?
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