Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  LifeLine
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Shelach

by Rabbi Yaakov Menken

There is a beautiful Medrash which says that following the incident of the spies, G-d said to Moshe that He would destroy the Jewish people. Moshe replied, "Master of the Worlds! You are slow to anger. With any servant, if his actions are proper, and his master hears of it, and his master smiles and acts favorably towards him, the servant does not think how kind and good his master is.

"When does the servant think how kind his master is? When the servant does not do what he should, but behaves improperly, and nonetheless the master still smiles and acts favorably towards him!

"So too, You should ignore their stiff-necked behavior." (as it says [Deut. 9:27], "Do not turn to the stiffness of this nation").

The Holy One, Blessed be He, replied, "for your sake, I will forgive them." (as it says [Num. 14:20] "And HaShem said, 'I have forgiven, as you said.'")

No one believes (or should believe) that s/he is doing everything that s/he should. There is always room for improvement - but never reason to give up. Even when a person is doing everything wrong, HaShem waits for the person to improve. All the more so - if we are at least moving in the right direction!


Text Copyright © 1996 Rabbi Yaakov Menken and Project Genesis, Inc.

The author is the Director of Project Genesis.


 






ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

The Chain Effect of Our Actions
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Elul Its All Relative
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5769

Alive With Spiritual Pleasure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

> There is a Treasure
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

The Proverbial "Kick In The Pants"
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

Wayward Son
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Building Fences
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

A Time of Introspection
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

The Far Reaching Effects of Inappropriate Behavior
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5764

ArtScroll

Wordless Prayers
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Looking to the Future
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Those are the Questions?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Relentless
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

The Month of Elul: Customs
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Successful Search
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

Shofar: The Court Summons
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766



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