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Monday, October 5, 2009

Sample Listing of Middot


Select List of Middot*

Hebrew Transliteration

Definition


Ahavah

Love

Ahavat Yisrael

Love of all the Jewish people

Ahuv*

Being loved or beloved

Anavah*

Modesty

Areyvut

Mutual responsibility

Arichat Sefatayim*

Orderly speech

Aymah*

Fear as in honor or panic

B’tzelem Elohim

In the image of HaShem

Bal Taschit

Preservation of the environment

Binat HaLev*

An understanding of the heart

Cherut

Freedom

Chesed

Kindness

Chochmah

Wisdom

Daat

Knowledge

Dan L’Chaf Zechut

Give the benefit of the doubt

Derech Eretz

Respect for others, civility

Dibuk Chaverim*

Cleaving to friends

Din V’Rachamim

Justice and mercy

Eino Machazik Tova L’Atzmo*

Refraining from taking personal credit for what is good

Eino Samayach BeHora’ah*

Not delighting in rendering decisions

Emet

Truthfulness

Emunah

Faith

Emunat Chachamim*

Trust in the sages

Erech Apayim*

Slowness to anger

Hachnasat Orchim

Hospitality

Hakarat Hatov

Recognizing the good in others

Kabbalat HaYisurin*

Acceptance of suffering

Kavod

Respect

Kedusha

Holiness

Kehillah

Community

Kibbud Av Va’em

Respect for parents

Klal Yisrael

Community of Israel

Lev Tov*

Good heart

Lo Levayesh

Not embarrassing

Lo Maygis Libo B’Talmudo*

Not being arrogant with one’s learning

Lomed al Manat Lelamed*

Studying in order to teach

Lomed al Manat La’asot *

Studying in order to perform mitzvot

Lo Tachmod

Not coveting

Ma’asim Tovim

Doing good deeds

Ma’amido al HaEmet*

Setting others on the path of truth

Ma’amido al HaShalom*

Setting others on the path of peace

Machkim et Rabo*

Sharpening the wisdom of one’s teacher

Machrio L’Chaf Zechut

Influencing one’s fellow to virtue

Makir et Mekomo*

Knowing one’s place

Malachah

Work or industriousness

Mechavayn et Sh’muato*

Determine exactly what one hears

Machrio L’Chaf Zechuf*

Judging others favorably

Michshol Lifnei Iver

Not placing a stumbling block in front of the blind

Mishnah*

Learn by repetition; Study the Oral Law

Mishpacha

Family

Middah Shoayl U’Mayshiv*

Asking and answering

Mitrachayk Min HaKavod*

Distance yourself from honor

Mityashev Libo Be’Talmudo*

Concentrating on one’s studies

Miyut Derech Eretz*

Limiting one’s involvement in worldly concerns

Miyut Sechok*

A minimum of frivolity

Miyut Sechorah*

Moderation in business

Miyut Shaynah*

A minimum of sleep

Miyut Sichah*

A minimum of small talk

Miyut Ta’anug*

A minimum of worldly pleasure

Nedivut

Generosity

Nosay B’ol Im Chavayro*

Share the burden with one’s friend

Ohev et HaMakom*

Loving HaShem

Ohev et HaBriyot*

Loving all creatures

Ohev et HaTz’dakot

Loving charitable deeds

Ohev et HaMaysharim*

Love of being straightforward

Ohev et HaTochachot*

Loving reproof

Ohev et HaTzadakot*

Loving righteous ways

Ohev Zeh et Zeh/

Mechabayd Zeh et Zeh

Loving and honoring others

Omer Davar BeShem Omro*

Quoting one’s sources

Omez Lev

Courage

Pilpul HaTalmidim*

Sharp discussion with students

Rachamin

Compassion

Shimush Chachamim*

Attend to the sages

Sh’miat Ha-Ozen*

Attentiveness/Being a good listener/Paying attention

Shmirat HaGuf

Taking care of your body

Shoal U’Mayshiv

Asking and answering questions

Shomer Achi

Being one’s brother’s keeper

Sichlut HaLev*

A perceptive heart

Simchah*

Happiness or joy

Shomaya U’Mosif*

Absorbing knowledge and adding to it

Somaych Noflim V’Rofay Cholim

Supporting and healing

Talmud*

Study of Torah

Tikkun Olam

Repairing the world

Tochechah

Rebuking

Tzarchei Tzibbur

Responding to community needs

Tzedek

Justice

Yirah

Awe and reverence

Yishuv BeMikra*

Calmness in study

Yirah*

Fear, dread, or reverence

* The middot followed by an asterisk (*) are taken with permission from the website of the Union of Reform Judaism: http://urj.org/shabbat/middot/ . Retrieved January 30, 2009. Also see Freeman, S. (1999). Teaching Jewish Virtues: Sacred Sources and Arts Activities.Denver, CO: A.R.E. Publishing, Inc.

On the next post we will begin our discussion of the second teacher-directed model of teaching, the Direct Instruction Model of Teaching.



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  1. Thanks for posting this. It is very helpful!

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