April 20, 2004

Rishon Rishon

So what is Rishon Rishon? It comes from the following:

שבעה דברים בגולם ושבעה בחכם
אינו מדבר לפני מי שגדול ממנו בחכמה ובמניין
ואינו נכנס לתוך דברי חברו
ואינו נבהל להשיב
שואל כעניין ומשיב כהלכה
ואומר על ראשון ראשון ועל אחרון אחרון
ועל מה שלא שמע אומר לא שמעתי
ומודה על האמת
וחילופיהן בגולם

Shiv`a d'varim bagolem v'shiv`a behakham
Eyno m'daber lifney mi shegadol mimenu b'hokhma uvminyan
V'eyno nikhnas l'tokh divrey havero
V'eyno nivhal l'hashiv
Sho'el k`inyan umeshiv kahalakha
V'omer `al rishon rishon v`al aharon aharon
V`al ma shelo shama` omer lo shama`ti
Umode `al ha'emet
V'hilufeyhen bagolem

There are seven characteristics of the ignoramus and seven of the wise man
A wise man
Doesn't speak before one who is greater than he in wisdom or in years
And doesn't interrupt the words of his fellow man
And isn't hasty to answer
He asks to the point and he answers accordingly
And says first things first and last things last
And about what he doesn't know he says I don't know
And he admits the truth
And their opposites for the ignoramus

Talmud, Pirqey Avot 5:7

Can you figure out what Rishon Rishon means?

It means: First Things First.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at April 20, 2004 02:44 AM
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I'm not showing off or anything, but I knew that. At last, my years of Hebrew in high school can come into use. If only I could remember it.

Let's try Shalom Chaver.

Posted by: Simon at April 20, 2004 04:27 AM Permalink

Shalom Simon. Nice to have you over! But the question was intended for people who don't know Hebrew.

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at April 20, 2004 05:23 PM Permalink

It's amazing that a language as old as Hebrew still exists today. I'm glad that it does, even if the only word I know is "Shalom!"


Posted by: Macker at April 21, 2004 06:18 AM Permalink

i like it a lot! welcome to mu.nu. Yay! (This is mu.nu isn't it? )

Posted by: annika at April 21, 2004 05:56 PM Permalink

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