Wisdom & Honor

Day 18:
How do i acquire wisdom
and reflect god's glory?

וְאֵיךְ מִתְפָּאֵר בִּכְבוֹד קוֹנוֹ? וְאִם מִתְפָּאֵר בְּחָכְמָה: מֵסִיר שָֹפָה לְנֶאֱמָנִים, וְטַעַם זְקֵנִים יִקַח

So how could one adorn himself with God's honor? And one who prides himself in his wisdom surely knows that God "takes away the speech of assured men and reasoning from the sages." (Job 12:20)

Why was the Holy Blessed One called the King of honor? Because He distributes honor to those who fear Him. How so? A king of flesh and blood, no one rides on his horse, and no one sits on his throne. But the Holy Blessed One had Solomon sit upon His throne, as it says “Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king.” (Chronicles I 29:23).

The Talmud (Shemot Rabbah 8:1) says that regarding a king of flesh and blood, no one wears his clothing, but Israel wears the clothing of the Holy Blessed One. 

What is the clothing of the Holy Blessed One? Strength, as it says “the LORD is robed, girded with strength.” (Psalms 93:1) 

And He gave it to Israel as it says “God gives strength to Israel, God blesses His people with peace.” (Psalms 29:11)

King Solomon surpassed all the monarchs on earth in wealth and in wisdom. All the world came to pay homage to Solomon and to listen to the wisdom with which God had endowed him. (Chronicles I 29:25)

“Because you asked for this—you did not ask for long life, you did not ask for riches, you did not ask for the life of your enemies, but you asked for discernment in dispensing justice. I now do as you have spoken. I grant you a wise and discerning mind; there has never been anyone like you before, nor will anyone like you arise again.  And I also grant you what you did not ask for—both riches and honor all your life—the like of which no king has ever had.” (Kings I 3:11-14)


Unfortunately, Solomon eventually thought he knew better than Hashem, and he lost his kingdom along with his wealth and wisdom.

“Anyone who acts haughtily, if he is wise his wisdom departs from him.” (Pesachim 66b:6)

The Talmud says that after he was a great king from one end of the earth to the other, his kingdom diminished and he was king only over Israel. After he was king over Israel, his kingdom diminished and he was king only over Jerusalem. After he was king over Jerusalem, his kingdom diminished and he was king only over his house. He was not even king over his bed, as he feared the spirits. (Shir Hashirim Rabbah 1:1-10)

(Adapted from various sections of A Letter for the Ages)

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Though few of us are destined to be Kings, Presidents or Prime Ministers, the general principle still applies to us all. Leaders learn. They read. They study. They take time to familiarize themselves with the world of ideas. Only thus do they gain the perspective to be able to see further and clearer than others. To be a Jewish leader means spending time to study both Torah and chochmah: chochmah to understand the world as it is, Torah to understand the world as it ought to be.

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