Saturday, May 18, 2013

48 Ways: #37 - Don't become arrogant


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The thirty-seventh of the 48 is lo meigis libo b'talmudo, not to become arrogant due to one's learning.

Arrogance is generally considered a negative in Judaism, both as a personality trait and as an attitude which can cause harm. In the realm of Torah study, arrogance is harmful in that it can cause the student to think he has already understood a particular lesson, when he has not reached the truth. Also, arrogance may reduce one's readiness to listen to others' perspectives.

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