Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man.
Who is rich?—one who is satisfied with his lot. As it is written [Psalms 128:2]: “If you eat of the toil of your hands, fortunate are you, how good it is for you!”
Achitofel was one of the greatest sages of his generation. Yet all his life he followed the route of giving precedence to his reason over his piety—a path which brought him much grief. Therein lies the deeper significance of the three pieces of advice he offers to his children before his passing: he is warning them not to repeat his error of placing wisdom before piety, as this pertains to the three “crowns” of human aspiration.Read More