Jewish Ethics

Knowing One's Place - Middah Makir et Mekomo

Marlene Myerson
"Mark well these three things, and you will not fall into the clutches of sin. Know where you came from, where you are going, and to whom you are destined to give an account and reckoning." (Akavyah ben Mahalalel, Pirkei Avot, 3:1)

Happiness - Middah Simchah

Marlene Myerson
Simchah translates as "happiness," or "joy." The word "simchah" comes from the Hebrew root samech-mem-chet which means "to rejoice," or "to be glad."