Respect
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Respect
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Rabbi Hillel said, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to others” (Shabbat 31a). The value to show respect is one of the key elements to the Jewish worldview. It is part and parcel of almost everything that Judaism teaches, from how one is to approach G-d to how one should act with one’s parents and family members. G-d is respected as the creator of the Universe, just as parents are respected as the creator of children. The idea or value of respect extends beyond one’s own family to include others as well. The benefit of respecting others is not found in what might be gained by showing such respect alone, but also in adherence to the value in and of itself. To live a life respecting others means to realize that everyone is unique, and everyone should be valued as such. This is the essential element of the Golden Rule.

Questions for Reflection
1. How can you increase the amount of respect that is present in your personal and professional lives?
2. What is the difference between gaining respect from others and gaining respect from yourself?
3. How can we best show respect to young children, in a way that makes them feel respected?
4. How can you exemplify respect on a regular basis and incorporate this value in the classroom?

Treat people in a way that makes them feel cared for and important.

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