Saturday, August 25, 2012

When to compliment


"Rabbi Yirmiyah ben Elazar said: We say part of a person's praises in front of him, and all of them in his absence.

"Only part is said in front of him as the verse says (recording Gd's words to Noah), 'For I have seen you to be righteous before Me, in this generation.' All is said in his absence as the verse says (recording Gd's higher praise about Noah), 'Noah was a righteous man; he was complete in his generation.'"

(Talmud, Eruvin 18b)

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