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While Having Lunch with my Son

Sitting in a restaurant having lunch with my son recently, near a Metro stop, I noticed that most people walked by and ignored the Green Peace activists who were attempting to hand out their literature. I told my son that after we finished eating lunch, I was going to go and speak with them since it seemed that no one was giving them the time of day.


He told me that I shouldn’t waste my time on this, but instead could use my time better by studying Torah.


I explained that just that morning I had taught in our Wednesday morning Pirke Avot class the verse which says, “Always greet your fellow human beings with a friendly countenance.” By speaking to them, I was going to fulfill the mitzvah I had just taught earlier in the day.



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I would love to know exactly where to find that in Pirkei Avot. Can you please let me know? Thank you!

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Stuart Weinblatt

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt is the President of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America. From 2009 - 2014 he served as Director of Israel Policy and Advocacy for the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbi Weinblatt is the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland, a vibrant Conservative synagogue of 650 families he founded in 1988, along with his wife and a handful of families.