Honor made you leave, and honor brought you back. – Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander
My friends brought me back. – Jon Snow
I didn’t say it was *your* honor. – Jeor Mormont
(Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin)
The prophet writes of Solomon’s dedication of the Temple, which is known to historians as Solomon’s Temple. But Jewish tradition knows it by another name: that of King David.
Solomon built it. He negotiated the labor contracts (or more likely, conscripted the men), hired the project managers, arranged the environmental impact studies, and approved the architectural plans. Still, the rabbinic teaching is that he was fulfilling his father’s dream, giving life to his father’s hope. That is a great honor a child affords a parent. But it is the parent’s honor. And, we are taught, this is David’s honor, not Solomon’s.
Sometimes a decision is made, a policy enacted, or a road taken that belongs to another. Despite that the person who makes the call, and who does bear responsibility for its ultimate success or failure, may not get the full credit. It may be another’s.
But no matter whose honor it is, ultimately, we should make decisions based on what is right, and not who gets the publicity.
Words to consider. Ideas to ponder. Politics, prophets, and the parsha.