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Ben (the son of) Zoma said: Who is wise? He who learns from all people, as it is said: 'From all those who taught me I gained understanding' (Psalms 119:99). Who is strong? He who conquers his evil inclination, as it is said: 'Better is one slow to anger than a strong man, and one who rules over his spirit than a conqueror of a city' (Proverbs 16:32). Who is rich? He who is satisfied with his lot, as it is said: 'When you eat the toil of your hands you are fortunate and it is good for you' (Psalms 128:2). 'You are fortunate' -- in this world; 'and it is good for you' -- in the World to Come. Who is honored? He who honors others, as it is said: 'For those who honor Me will I honor, and those who scorn Me will be degraded' (I Samuel 2:30)."

R. Elazar b. Shamua said: The world rests on a single pillar – righteousness. (Babylonian Talmud, Chagigah, 12b)

Few people in America have played a larger role in business, world politics, and community service than Max M. Fisher. This curriculum is designed to be a flexible guide to learning about Max Fisher as an important leader and philanthropist. Lessons can be completed in as little as one class period, or can carry through several sessions. An important source of material is the Max M. Fisher Resource Center, which provides access to a database of photos, video clips, letters, documents, newspaper articles, awards and other archival material. The "Narrative" section of the archive focuses on four key values, the same values emphasized in this curriculum: Wisdom, Generosity, Service, and Leadership. In addition to the Max M. Fisher Resource Guide we provide links to a variety of sources you may wish to use as supplemental material.