“Who is the one to be honored? The one who honors others.” – Ben Zoma (Avot 4:1)
Parsha Tetzaveh describes the garments worn by the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) while serving in the Temple. One interesting detail is the row of little golden bells at the bottom of his cloak.
Our sages explain that the bells alert others that the Kohen Gadol is approaching, so he doesn’t walk in on someone unexpectedly and cause embarrassment. We learn from this that we should always knock before entering a door, even in our own home.
Like the Kohen Gadol, may we honor God by honoring those around us!