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 LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

The Kindness Factor
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

The Internal Journey
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

“You Can Take the Girl out of Hicksville, but...”
Jon Erlbaum -

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Environmental Hazard
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Wake-Up Call
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

The House that Truth Built
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

It's All About Redemption Part III
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

Reward May Come
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

You Shall Live by Them
Shlomo Katz - 5758

> Home Sweet Home
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Priorities Confused
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Once a Jew, Always a Jew
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

ArtScroll

The Landlord Is Still Home
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Lech Lecha: Avraham "Our Father"
Shlomo Katz - 5766

No Second Thoughts
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

Enduring Lesson
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759



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