Anivut (humility) has a very special priority in Jewish positive self-development. Rav Kook wrote (The Moral Principles, page 174) that “Humility is associated with spiritual perfection. When humility effects depression it is defective, when it is genuine it inspires joy, courage,...
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Got one of those emails the other day. You know the ones – those endlessly-circulated, self-congratulatory emails Jews send each about how great we are, touting our Nobel Prizes, our high-tech dominance, how smart we are, how tough we are, even how rich we are, and by implication,...
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Humility is not something we naturally seek out. It is a quality that we gain, generally against our will. We often spend our days doing our level best to avoid the kinds of circumstances that teach us humility. But humility brings many benefits. When you are truly humble, it means...
October 9, 2008 | 11:15 pmThere are many unique quirks in the Orthodox tradition, but few that I love more than the late-afternoon sermon on Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Here in Pico-Robertson, it's the sermon many people wait for all year— the one that rabbis...