Ethics

For the week ending 16 October 2010 / 7 Heshvan 5771

Mind Your Manners

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Question: Is there any connection between the level of religiosity and politeness?

Answer: According to a study made by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, there definitely is a connection. The most polite people in Israel, the study found, are the Torah observers, leaving behind those who define themselves as traditional or secular.

In a statement to the Jerusalem Post, Robert Sauer, president of the JIMS, offered this insight:

"The results of the survey are disturbing, for they suggest that the public educational system is not fulfilling its basic function."

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