Shaarei Yosher, sec. 4: Connecting – Conclusion

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    “This is the person willing to forgo being slighted if it means someone else gains far more than his loss.”

    What do we call this person if he forgoes even when there is no net gain? That is, is the net gain critically important here?

    • micha says:

      I think so. As is clear from the part of the introduction I called “Self Interest”, Rav Shimon doesn’t expect people to make themselves into doormats. (Although the “far more” is overkill.) A maavir al midosav is someone who does what’s right rather than standing on his rights. I stated it as net gain rather than “what’s right”, but that’s the idea I’m going for. As you notice, though, that comment is below the line, which by the convention for this series means it’s my own thought, not R’ Shimon’s. You are free to disagree.

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