Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Respect for others


"It is written in the book of Ben Sira:

"I have weighed everything on a scale, and found that there is nothing lighter than coarse grain. And yet, I have found that a groom who lives in his in-laws' house is even lighter [i.e. more frivolous, more disrespectful] than that.

"And even lighter is a guest who brings an additional guest into his host's home.

"And even lighter than that is a person who responds before he has heard a person out, as it is written (Proverbs 18), 'One who responds before he has heard, this is foolishness for him, and an embarrassment.'"

(Talmud, Bava Batra 98b)

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