Wisdom Each Day
By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
Ah! Wisdom! How we wish we had more of it! And if we do not wish we had more wisdom, then we are really in need of it. The goal of knowledge is to know that you know not, said the truly wise people. The more we know, the greater is our awareness of how much more there is to be known. Only a fool thinks that he knows everything.
Where can we look for wisdom? The phrase Solomonic wisdom is derived from the statement that King Solomon was the wisest of all men (I Kings 5:11). His two major works, the Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes contain many pearls of wisdom. In addition, there are abundant sources of wisdom in other Scriptural writings, in the Talmud, and in the many works of ethics.
We might wish to acquire much wisdom rapidly. Alas! If we wish to have more than a superficial smattering of wisdom, we must proceed slowly. Each bit of wisdom must be savored, digested, and absorbed. It is only then that it can be integrated into our thought and actions.
While information is indeed valuable, it is not always translated into action. I have therefore included anecdotes from our rich heritage, to show us how our great personages made wisdom come alive.
Let us, therefore, take a fragment of wisdom each day. Let us think about it and treasure it and see how we can weave it into our daily life.