Questions for Thought and Discussion 10/31

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Mishna 12:

  1. Why does Hillel make reference to Aaron the High Priest? Why not just say we should all love peace?
  2. What is the difference between loving peace and pursuing peace?
  3. What are some techniques that can be used in helping make peace between two conflicting sides?
  4. What kind of peace is the Mishna talking about? Peace between nations, communities, individuals?
  5. How does this Mishna influence the strategy that the State of Israel should take in dealing with other countries and people?
  6. What is the connection between making peace, loving people, and drawing them close to the Torah? Are they sequential? What is their relationship?

Mishna 13:

  1. Why do you think this Mishna is written in Aramaic?
  2. King Shlomo in Mishlei writes that “A good name is better than good oil.” Why is this Mishna taking a negative view about a good name?
  3. How do you separate proper self-assertion and appropriate efforts to advance yourself from improper self-promotion?
  4. What is it about learning Torah that is so important?

Mishna 14:

  1. How does this Mishna relate to the Mishna preceding it about self-promotion?
  2. How do you find the balance between improving yourself and improving those around you?
  3. What is the underlying theme of this Mishna? What is it referring to?
  4. What is the connection between these three ideas?
  5. What kind of actions does this Mishna encourage the reader to take?

Mishna 15:

  1. Why is it important to set times for Torah study?
  2. Besides for setting times to study Torah, what are other ways you can make your Torah study more permanent?
  3. Actions certainly speak louder than words. Who should be our role models for this philosophy of life?
  4. What does greeting everyone cheerfully have to do with the first two comments of the Mishna?