Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chanukah

“So you Think You’re The Man, Alexander?” (Insights for Chanukah)

By Jon Erlbaum

Hi All – this week’s email is dedicated to all our Sisters & Brothers in Israel who have been directly affected by the tragic wild fires. May G-d bless the souls of those who have gone to the next world, may He comfort the mourners, and may He rescue us from further devastation!

Instead of an article this week, I’m including the lyrics I wrote to a song that I believe is very relevant to the glorious Holiday of Chanukah. The song speaks about the philosophy of self-glorification and aggrandizement that was championed by the Greeks and has held firm throughout the centuries ever since. Notwithstanding the many positive innovations that Ancient Greece brought to the world (in the realms of art, architecture, theater, politics, philosophy, etc.), their tendency towards self-worship became a major point of departure for the Jewish sages.

While Judaism of course encourages all people to shine and use their talents for the achievement of greatness, that greatness is to be pursued as purely as possible for the benefit of G-d and humanity. All too often, however, the greater our talents, the more we fall in to the trap of self-aggrandizement for the sake of fame, power, and recognition.

Humility is, therefore, an almost ever-elusive goal: because the minute we win any battle or attain any level of achievement (whether physical or even spiritual), that is when life’s main battle – the internal battle for the achievement of HUMILITY – truly begins. I hope you enjoy the lyrics, and have a Happy Chanukah and Wonderful Shabbos!

Love, Jon & The Chevra

VERSE I

Alexander rides in through the gates of his city
Having conquered a new foreign soil
On a horse that he tamed as a show of his manhood
Holding spoils from the lives that he spoiled
He calls out to his subjects “bow down to me”
And he admits to his friends readily
“I would rather live a short life of glory
Than a long one of obscurity”

VERSE II

Alexander, watch out for the battles you win
They can make your mind spin differently
Will your head get puffed up, will your chest get puffed out
Will you soon think you’re divinity?
Yeh-eh-eh-eh

CHORUS

Will you think you’re the man Alexander
Just because of the battles you’ve won
‘Cause once you think you’re the man Alexander
The true battle of ego’s begun

VERSE III

The musician struts out as they roar for an encore
They adore him and he knows it well
The politician arrives at his victory party
On top of the world for a while
And the actresses at the Academy
Hold their breath as the envelope’s read
Then the rush of an ego-based ecstasy
Poses challenges to the new winner’s head

INTERLUDE VERSE IV

And even good-hearted champions of charities
And Nobel laureates of noble intent
Must work hard to safeguard their humility
So the power won’t poison their heads

CHORUS

So you think you’re the man Alexander
Just because of the battles you’ve won
But once you think you’re the man Alexander
The true battle has newly begun


Text Copyright © 2010 by Jon Erlbaum and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NETZAVIM AND VAYEILECH:

View Complete List

Hide & Go Seek
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

The Covenant and Remembrance
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

The Gift of Scholarship
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

This Time, Let's Do It Right
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

The Ends of Heaven
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

The Spiritual Environment
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767

ArtScroll

Sputterless
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

The Good, The Bad, and The Ready
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Not Hiding, But Seek
Shlomo Katz - 5773

> Falsehood Has No Legs
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Moshe Rabeinu's Last Day
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

A Timeless Moment
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Don't Use Rav Alleh's Hechsher - It's a Kuntz!
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

Waking Up in Time
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

Even Hashem Repents
Shlomo Katz - 5764

"G-d Is Not In Our Midst" Is An Inappropriate Response
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information