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  • Yehuda Pevzner

Can You Brag about Being Humble?

There was once a priest who was known far and wide to be the most humble person in the world. A Jew heard of this claim and wanted to see it for himself.

He met with the priest and asked him a very pressing question, “How could it be that you are the most humble person if the Torah refers to Moses as being the most humble in the world?”

The priest sighed and responded, “I have the same question.”

In the first word of this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Vayikra, there is a smaller sized letter, symbolizing Moses’ humility. What does true humility mean? How does one reach the level of “being the most humble”? The real definition of humility is not denying one’s self. Rather, it is acknowledging that if someone else had the same capabilities as you, he would do a better job. That was Moses. He didn’t say he doesn’t have the greatness needed. Rather, he thought that someone else with the same toolbox as him would do a better job.

One the one hand, we need to know who we are and what we bring to the table. On the other hand, we shouldn’t brag about our talents, knowing that if someone else were to be as talented, they would be able to accomplish just as much, if not more!

It’s hard work to be humble, don’t you think?

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Shabbat Shalom and Moshiach now!

Rabbi Yehuda


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