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Wisdom Quotes for 2011

By Therese J. Borchard
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Wisdom Quotes for 2011gBefore I met Ronald Pies, M.D., professor of psychiatry and lecturer on bioethics and humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University and professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, I did not know what a mensch was. I figured it has something to do with a short person.

However, for Christmas this year I received a signed copy of Pies’s newest book, “Becoming a Mensch: Timeless Talmudic Ethics for Everyone,” and I decided that I would like to become a mensch, much like Dr. Pies, for whom I have the utmost respect.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines mensch as “a person having admirable characteristics, such as fortitude and firmness of purpose.” His book is a fascinating collection of personal case histories, often based on composites of various individuals he has treated professionally. These modern-day vignettes teach us the value of this ancient wisdom today.

I have gone through his book and pulled my favorite quotes. But I urge you to pick up a copy of his book if you’d like to learn how the Torah and the Talmud might help us on our journey to mental health.

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Wisdom Quotes for 2011

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  1. Books of this nature inspire the reader.

  2. Many thanks to Therese Borchard for her kind citation of my work–and more important, for the quotes from sages and scholars! –Best regards,
    Ron Pies

  3. Excellent quotes from the scholars. So much wealth we can dig up from the past. The Universe is indeed Omnipresent and So Powerful. Keep the quotes coming. Thank you and AHO!

  4. Therese

    Rabbi Heshel’s quote is a particular favorite of mine. With that in mind I hope I’m stating the following kindly.

    I don’t question that you really liked this book and it inspired you. At the same time I’m a little concerned. Isn’t the author that you gave this wonderful testimonial to, the co-author of one of your books?

    If it is a different person than I apologize. If it is the same person I for one feel that you should have disclosed your relationship to Dr. Pies at the top of the posting so that the reader could be fully informed.

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