Respecting Others

Avot d'Rabbi Natan 29:7: Be sure to inquire the welfare of others.

Ethics of the Fathers 4:3: Do not be scornful of any person.

Talmud Yoma 89a: Always speak gently.

Moses Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, "Laws of Character Development and Ethical Conduct" 6:10: A person must be especially heedful of his behavior toward widows and orphans...One must always speak to them tenderly.

Ethics of the Fathers 1:6: Judge everyone favorably.

Leviticus 19:18: And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Midrash Tanchuma, Numbers 12: Fortunate are the righteous and fortunate are their neighbors.

Shabbat 127a: He who judges others favorably, he himself is judged favorably.

Beizah 32b: If someone is compassionate towards others, you can be sure that he is a descendant of our father Abraham, and is someone is not compassionate toward others, you can be sure that he is not a descendant of our father Abraham.

Proverbs 15:26: Pleasant words are pure.

Proverbs 17:25: Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healthy to the bones.

Jerusalem Talmud, Eruvin 5:1: The student pays respect to his teacher, it is as if her were paying respect to the Divine Presence.

Berachot 28b: Be solicitous for the honor of your colleagues.

Shirat Yisrael, pg 156: Words that come from the heart enter the heart.

Ethics of the Fathers 2:9: A good heart includes all other virtues.

Ethics of the fathers 3:12: Greet every person with a cheerful countenance.

Maimonides Sefer HaMitzvot, Positive Commandment #206: Whatever I want for myself, I want the same for the other person.

Ecclesiastes 5:1: Be not rash with your mouth, and let your heart not be hasty to utter a word before G-d.

Deuteronomy 10:19: You must also show your love toward the stranger, since you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Ethics of the Fathers 3:10: One who is pleasing to his fellow man is pleasing to G-d.

Proverbs 16:32: He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty.

Proverbs 25:11: A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Exodus 28:3: Speak to everyone who is naturally talented, to whom I have granted a spirit of wisdom, and then let them make Aaron's clothing.

Berachot 17a: Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai was always careful to greet everyone first whom he met.

Proverbs 15:23: Everyone enjoys a ready response, and word rightly timed is especially good.

Ethics of the Fathers 4:1: Who is honored?  One who honors others.

Leviticus 19:16: You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people.

Derech Eretz Zuta 1:29: Regard as trivial the good you did to others, and as enormous the little good others did to you.

Tannat Eliyahu: This is what the Holy One said to Israel: My children, what do I seek from you?  I seek no more than that you love one another and honor one another.

Jerusalem Talmud Yevamot 15:3: No person may buy a beast, an animal, or a bird until that person has provided food for it.

Yoma 86b: Rabbi Meir said, 'Great is repentance, because for the sake of one who truly repents, the whole world is pardoned.'

Elokai Netzur Prayer: My G-d, guard my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceitfully.

V'Ha'er Eineinu: ...so that we should never feel embarrassed or ashamed or put down.

Ethics of the Fathers 4:9: One who withdraws from judgment removes from himself hatred...

Esther 10:3: He sought the good of his people and was an advocate for pace for all their descendents.