THE THREE CRITERIA OF THE SAGES

Someone who has one of the three qualities in effect must have the two others.
The Sages said that there are three signs that distinguish descendants of Israel: They are merciful, kind, and modest.
To fulfill these criteria one does not necessarily have to be a “saint” just to judge one’s reactions all other things being equal:

MERCY: Do you feel sympathy for others? Do you believe in social justice? Do you try to take account of the sensitivities of others?
ALTRUISM: KIND: Are you kind to others? At the least do you feel that needless suffering should not be inflicted on others but rather where possible good be done unto them?
MODESTY: Are you prepared to do good and act worthily even though you may receive no reward or recognition and perhaps even suffer because of it?

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