You are not obligated to complete the work…

You are not obligated to complete the work…

Perhaps more awareness from watching the entire The U.S. and the Holocaust series now streaming on PBS. Perhaps more awareness from many prayers and blessings sent by Jewish friends for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Perhaps from again coming upon one of my favorite quotes of all time about resilience and finding true purpose in a human life: 

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.  Do justly, now.  Love mercy, now.  Walk humbly, now.  You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

This week’s post offers quotes from the Talmud to illuminate and guide wise and resilient living. Reflect, savor, take to heart…

Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.

There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart.  There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away.  This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.

He that gives should never remember; he that receives should never forget.

Who is rich?  He that rejoices in his portion.

A person will be called to account on Judgment Day for every permissible thing he might have enjoyed but did not.

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.”

A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished.

For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned it is the season of the harvest.

Who is a wise man?  He who learns of all men.

Examine the contents, not the bottle.

A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read.

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.

Do not decide that someone is good until you see how he or she acts at home.

Be eager to fulfill the smallest duty and flee from transgression, for one duty includes another and one transgression induces another transgression.

The end result of wisdom is good deeds.

Man has three friends on who company he relies.  First, wealth – which goes with him only while good fortune lasts.  Second, his relatives – they go only as far as the grave and leave him there.  The third friend, his good deeds, go with him beyond the grave.

A person who seeks help for a friend, while needy himself, will be answered first.

Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act.

Whoever destroys a single life is as guilty as though he had destroyed the entire world; and whoever rescues a single life earns as much merit as though he had rescued the entire world.

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