In synagogue today, we read from Pirkei Avot (“Ethics of Our Fathers”).

And I talked with my friends at lunch about one passage from this timeless wisdom.

There are 4 types of people:

1) “Average Joe”

What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours in yours.

Someone described this as “his and her — separate — accounts.”

2) Stupid

What’s mine is yours, and what’s yours in mine.

Ah, this is just someone whose plain old confused.

3) Wicked

What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine.

One guy described his ex-wife this way.

4) Righteous

What’s mine is yours, and what’s yours is yours.

We all agreed this is the meaning of life — to be kind and giving to others.

What type of person are you? And what type of person do you want to be? ;-)

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