This is the name of a well-known song. It is also the title of a little book I recently found on one of my thrift-store visits. As the subtitle states, the book contains “Jewish Wisdom for Everyday Life”. To share today I have selected some of these words of wisdom which are of universal application.
In the introduction, Maxim Gorky, who was not Jewish, is quoted as having said,
“…Jewish wisdom is more all-human and universal than any other…because of the powerful humaneness that saturates it, because of its high estimate of man.”
Bachya Ibn Pakuda said,
“Days are scrolls: write on them only what you want remembered.”
From Anne Frank’s diary: “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
“Let other people’s dignity be as precious to you as your own.”
“The test of a people is how it behaves towards the old. It is easy to love children…But affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless, are the true gold mines of a culture.” Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Who is truly wise? One who learns from all people.” Pirke Avot.
“First a person should put his house together, then his town, then the world.” Rabbi Israel Salanter
Rabbi Barnett Brickner said, “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.”
A Yiddish proverb: “A half truth is a whole lie.”
And to conclude, a smile from Kirk Douglas: “If you want to know about a man you can find out an awful lot by looking at who he married.”