Quote of the Day: "decent behavior precedes Torah"
"It is a mistake to think that halachah is limited to certain religious
rituals, or even to the manifest mitzvos, e.g. Shabbos, kashrus, etc.
How we behave in our daily activities and interact with other people is
also a matter of halachah. Indeed, proper conduct is a prerequisite for
Torah observance, as the Midrash says, "Derech eretz kadmah laTorah,"
decent behavior precedes Torah (Vayikra Rabbah 9:3). The guides to this
aspect of halakhah can be found in Ethics of the Fathers.
Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski,
Visions of the Fathers, p. 3