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Excerpted from Golden Rules: The Ten Ethical Values Parents Need to Teach Their Children by Rabbi Wayne Dosick. Copyright 1995 by Rabbi Wayne Dosick. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"A life of goodness and decency begins with the recognition of the infinite worth of each and every human being."

Rabbi Wayne Dosick
Golden Rules
, Part 1

A mother, father, and their seven-year-old daughter were seated in a restaurant. The waitress first took the order from the adults, and, then, she turned to the little girl.

"What will you have?"

The little girl looked timidly at her parents, and, then, said to the waitress, "I'll have a hot dog on a bun."

"No hot dog," said her mother. "She'll have a nice piece of roasted chicken."

"With mashed potatoes and vegetables," added her father.

The waitress kept looking straight at the little girl and she asked, "Would you like ketchup or mustard on your hot dog?"

"Mustard, please," replied the girl.

"Coming right up," said the waitress, as she headed toward the kitchen.

The family sat in stunned silence. Finally, the little girl looked at her parents and said, "You know what? She thinks that I am real!"

Of Dust and Divinity

A life of goodness and decency begins with the recognition of the infinite worth of each and every human being.

The pslamist of old looked at the immense, grand universe in which he lived and was moved to awe: "O Lord, the world is filled with the greatness of Your glory. The heavens display Your splendor. The cries of infants attest to Your power."

Yet, in the midst of this vast grandeur, he wondered about his place: "When I see the heavens, Your handiwork, the moon and the stars which You have formed, I ask, 'What are we that You should be mindful of us -- mere human beings that You should take notice of us?' "

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