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V'Zot HaBracha-Bereishit(Deut. 33-34; Gen. 1:1-6:8)

The Giant Within

Never again has there arisen in Israel a prophet like Moshe, who Hashem had known face to face.(Devarim 34:10)

The Torah ends off stating that Moshe was the greatest prophet that ever was and will be. No other prophet was able to converse with God at all times without preparation. The verse (Bamidbar 12:3) also states that "Moshe was exceedingly humble, more than any person on the face of the earth." Moshe must have been aware of his greatness; after all he was the one who received the Torah and led the Jews out of Egypt. How can one who knows he is greater than everyone simultaneously be the most humble?

A short old woman approaches you in the supermarket and asks, "Young man, would you be so kind to get that applesauce for me off the top shelf?" You say, "Sure, no problem," and lift it off the shelf with ease. Do you feel better than her because you are so tall? Of course not. You may feel good that you were able to help someone, but you know that God just made you taller than her. You are merely using what God gave you.

Moshe understood that all his abilities were given to him by God to accomplish his mission in this world. Moshe knew that his qualities were greater than everyone else's but that meant that his responsibilities were also greater than everyone else's.

Knowing your worth is not haughtiness; on the contrary, not knowing them will prevent you from fulfilling your potential. Haughtiness is taking credit for your talents and feeling superior to others. A person with a beautiful voice or a big bank account must recognize that he has a gift from God, to be used to help him accomplish his purpose in this world.

September 15, 2013

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Visitor Comments: 3

(3) Anonymous, October 1, 2014 11:58 AM

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(1) jay, September 28, 2013 3:51 AM

Like the Message

but I don'recall reading in the torah that moshe considered himself
at a different level then others. It seems to me that the way the torah tells it he was overwhelmed the first time he conversed with Hashem-burning bush-and that this changed him. In this regard it is interesting that he was not allowed to go to the promised land because he acted independently, albeit emotionally, by striking a rock instead of getting water for the people as G-d instructed. Anyway, I got a lot out of this brief artidle. Shabbat Shalom

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