READ BEYOND THE HEADLINES

 

I just had a beautiful and relaxing day with my family this Shabbat. Now back in the world, and found the video above very powerful. Now with all of the different places to receive information, it is so important to have more than one source, and do your research.

Sometimes an article sounds like it is about one thing, and the way the words are presented, it can be misleading about the whole picture. So powerful about how easy it is to blame others for misfortune, instead of hearing all of the details and jumping to conclusions.

Formulate your thoughts beyond the words, ideas, and opinions of everything around you.

Jewish lessons of the week below,

Coach Yulia

The Ramban writes that the worst character trait a person can have is anger.The Talmud teaches us that a person isn’t responsible for what he says in a state of anger, showing us that the sages recognized that a person is liable to get angry. However, a person needs to try and let all the nonsense and pettiness fly by him. This week, after Moses experiences a 40 year exile from Egypt and one year of negotiating with Pharaoh, he finally gets angry. When he was humiliated in front of Pharaoh, it didn’t affect him. When his own people slandered him, it didn’t affect him. When Pharaoh continuously changed his offers to the Jews, it didn’t affect him. Only now, after warning Pharaoh of the final plague — the death of the firstborn — does “Moses…[leave] Pharaoh’s presence in burning anger” (Exodus 11:8). The reason Moses finally became angry was that he wanted to wake Pharaoh out of his intransigence and stubbornness. Every family in Egypt would experience a death, yet Pharaoh persisted in his refusal to free the Jewish nation. Moses knew the proper reasons to get angry — not because his ego was affected, and not because his honor was slighted. If we really understand what’s important in life, we would realize that so many things that the world considers important are really trivial. Every act of self control is a connection with the Divine and an opportunity to emulate the Almighty, “who is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abundant in kindness…”


Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Jawary

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