Sunday, July 29, 2007

Lessons from a Thief

The Mishna (Avot 4:1) teaches:

"Who is wise? One who learns from every man..."

Indeed, a holy man named Rabbi Zusia of Anipoli (18th century Ukraine) taught that one can learn seven lessons from a thief:

1. Work quietly. Don't show off your accomplishments.

2. Take risks. Being Jewish sometimes requires self sacrifice.

3. Every detail is crucial. Never overlook the slightest opportunity to do a good deed.

4. Work hard. Judaism requires effort!

5. Work efficiently. Time is of essence.

6. Be optimistic and ever hopeful. Believe that you will succeed and you will.

7. If the first attempt does not succeed, try and try again.

PS Don't steal. This is the wrong lesson to learn from the thief :-)

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