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He who promotes his name, loses his name;
He who does not add, detracts;
He who does not study deserves to die;
And he who exploits the Toga
for his own gain, perishes.
—Hillel




Discussion Guide [1:13].
In the next mishnah, Hillel asks, “If I am not for myself who is for me?” Thus he evidentally believed that some kind of self-assertion is legitimate, as opposed to the improper kind of self promotion indicated in this mishnah.
What is proper in self-promotion is an especially important question in our age of mass media and ‘networking’ for career advancement.
How do you separate proper self-assertion and rightful efforts to advance yourself from improper self-promotion?

Hillel’s insistance that we try to add, both to our own learning and to our heritage is a very high standard.
How do you think what you are obliged to ‘add’ changes with one’s station in life.
What do you think you should do now to ‘add’?


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