Develop yourself to the best of your ability
Rebbe Yochanan Ben Zakai
He always greeted everyone first, and another person would not manage to approach him first with a peace greeting
We should greet an everyone we meet with a friendly face and a kind word. Even if we don’t like someone very much, or if people refuse to greet us even people we know are hostile to us.
בַּקֵּ֖שׁ שָׁל֣וֹם וְרׇדְפֵֽהוּ׃
Seek peace! Run after it!
Says King Dawid, and that is what he himself did. Despite King Saul pursuing him and taking his life, Dawid sought ways to make peace with King Saul. Twice Hashem gave him the opportunity to kill him, but he offered him peace.
Let our words be pleasant and agreeable when we greet people.
By Angelique Sijbolts
Sources: Gemara Berachot 17a, Sefer Shemirat HaLashon
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