Mishna, Pirkei Avot 1:13
משנה, פרקי אבות א:יד
הוא היה אומר אם אין אני לי מי לי וכשאני לעצמי מה אני ואם לא עכשיו אימתי:
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? [Translation by HillelandPanim]

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. Examine this Mishna piece by piece. What is Hillel saying?

2. What is the overall guiding moral and ethical principle of Hillel’s teaching?

3. How can we translate this teaching into our social justice work today?

Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)