The Greatness of Humility

Day 6:
How Do I Stay Humble?

וְכַאֲשֶׁר תִּנָּצֵל מִן הַכַּעַס, תַּעֲלֶה עַל לִבְּךָ מִדַּת הָעֲנָוָה, שֶׁהִיא מִדָּה טוֹבָה מִכָּל מִדּוֹת טוֹבוֹת

When you will have freed yourself from anger, the quality of humility will enter your heart which is the best of all good traits. 

Eliyahu HaKohen Ha’Itamri writes that there are six hallmarks of a humble person:

  1. He speaks gently to all, regardless of their status or their relationship to him.

  2. He does not allow the praise of others to affect how he views himself.

  3. The more success he achieves the greater his devotion to Hashem and to the needs of others.

  4. He does not allow his ego to prevent him from making amends when in conflict with another person.

  5. He forgives others when they wrong him and does not seek revenge.

  6. He accepts whatever happens to him with grace and love of God.


King David said that a humble person merits divine assistance. “He leads the humble with justice and will teach the humble His way.” (Psalms 25:9)

The Talmud says that when there is a renaissance of people acting with humility it will indicate the imminent arrival of Mashiach. (Sanhedrin 98a)

(adapted from A Letter For the Ages, pages 41-43)

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The Humility of Abraham Lincoln by Rabbi Pini Dunner

The Book of Leviticus begins with the word “vayikra” (ויקרא), but the letter aleph at the end of the word is written smaller than the other letters. The medieval commentator, Rabbi Jacob ben Asher, explains the reason behind the mini-aleph....

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True virtue never needs to advertise itself. That is why today’s aggressive marketing of personality is so sad. It speaks of loneliness, the profound, endemic loneliness of a world without relationships of fidelity and trust. It testifies ultimately to a loss of faith – a loss of that knowledge, so precious to previous generations, that beyond the visible surfaces of this world is a Presence who knows us, loves us, and takes notice of our deeds. What else, secure in that knowledge, could we need? 

Consider what we share on social media and why. Are we engaging in self promoting behaviors that will prevent us from achieving true humility?

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