“Ben Zoma said, ‘Who is wise? The person who learns from everyone, as conveyed in the verse: From all my students I grew wise.'”

HaShem endows mankind with abundant intelligence and teaches us the wisdom of the holy Torah. Just as HaShem is infinite, there is no end to His wisdom. Accordingly, the Sages of Mussar say, “A person who says he knows nothing is truly wise.” Meaning, he realizes that as much as he knows, there is so much more to learn, contemplate, and understand.

In this light, a wise person continuously thirsts for knowledge. His love of knowledge is reflected in his desire and willingness to learn from every person, regardless of their level of wisdom.

In addition, his wisdom is born out by the fact that he recognizes that every human being has something valuable to teach. Moreover, he has the insight to discover profound lessons from everybody that he knows, from the smallest to the greatest.

Conversely, if a person considers himself wise and feels that he lacks no knowledge, he will not seek to learn from others. Consequently, his knowledge will diminish, because wisdom needs to be constantly increased and expanded.

May we remember the infinite levels of wisdom that HaShem has revealed to us and discover the wisdom that shines within each person.
[Based on the commentary of the Chidah to Pirkei Avot]

TODAY: Thirst for knowledge and learn something from each person in your circle of life.