Thursday, November 5, 2009

Putting others first


Putting others first is a sign of humility and respect:

"Rabbi Yochanan said: How do we know that Yishmael repented? It is written, 'And Yitzchak and Yishmael buried their father.'

"But perhaps the Torah only listed them in the order of their wisdom? If that were so, then why would the Torah later write [regarding the burial of Yitzchak], 'And Esav and Yaakov, his sons, buried him?'

"Rather, the fact that Yitzchak was listed first shows that Yishmael put him first, from which we may deduce that he repented."

(Talmud, Bava Batra 16b)

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