10 Awesome Texts for the 10 Days of Awe – Day 9

NOTE: Each day from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur I will be posting an inspiring Jewish text along with a few questions for reflection. Feel free to answer and discuss here, or to use these questions for your own reflection/journaling. These texts are also being posted on my Facebook page

TEXT 9 – Talmud, Pirke Avot 4:1

Ben Zoma said:

Who is wise? One who learns from every person.
Who is mighty? One who subdues his/her own [evil] inclination.
Who is rich? One who rejoices in his/her lot.
Who is to be honoured? One who honors his/her fellow human beings.


  • What is the message of Ben Zoma’s teaching?
  • Are there people who you think exemplify these teachings?

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