Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend
Rambam

Rambam

Rabbi Yitzchok Etshalom
Talmud Torah 6:3

3. It is inappropriate for a scholar to trouble the people, aiming to walk near them in order that they should stand in his presence; rather, he should take the shortest route, intending that they not see him, not to trouble them to stand. The sages used to go around [take the longer way] where those who recognized them were not found in order not to trouble them.

Q1: Why does R advise the scholars to take the shortest way, when the sages (of whose actions he evidently approves) took the longest way?

YE: R is simply saying that a scholar should not go out of his way to "gain" more honor - he should just go his normal way and, if that involves passing near people who recognize him as a scholar, so be it. He then accentuates the notion that "seeking" such honor is not a positive approach by noting that scholars would even go out of their way for the opposite goal - to avoid that honor.

Rambam, Copyright (c) 1999 Project Genesis, Inc.

 

ARTICLES ON PINCHAS AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

The Nine Days of Mourning
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

Tying Generations Together
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

The Three Weeks: What Are We Trying to Achieve?
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Peace Without Conjunctions
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

A Peaceful Hero
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

Tzelafchad's Daughters Were Motivated By The Land, Not The Money
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Zealotry for the Good
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

See, Hear, Observe, and Emulate
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

The Most Precious Commodity
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

ArtScroll

Unbridled Love
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Points to Ponder
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

9th of Av: Reasons for Fasting - Part 1
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

> A Promise of Peace
- 5773

Torah-Sanctioned Zealotry
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Tumas Kohen: Impure Contact
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

To Win the Baal Game!
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information