I find it one of the most revealing moments in Moses’ life. To understand it we must remember the context. He has just been challenged by the Israelites to provide them with meat. “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt...Read More
How Do I Stay Humble?
וְכַאֲשֶׁר תִּנָּצֵל מִן הַכַּעַס, תַּעֲלֶה עַל לִבְּךָ מִדַּת הָעֲנָוָה, שֶׁהִיא מִדָּה טוֹבָה מִכָּל מִדּוֹת טוֹבוֹת
When you will have freed yourself from anger, the quality of humility will enter your heart which is the best of all good traits.
Eliyahu HaKohen Ha’Itamri writes that there are six hallmarks of a humble person:
- He speaks gently to all, regardless of their status or their relationship to him.
- He does not allow the praise of others to affect how he views himself.
- The more success he achieves the greater his devotion to Hashem and to the needs of others.
- He does not allow his ego to prevent him from making amends when in conflict with another person.
- He forgives others when they wrong him and does not seek revenge.
- He accepts whatever happens to him with grace and love of God.
King David said that a humble person merits divine assistance. “He leads the humble with justice and will teach the humble His way.” (Psalms 25:9)
The Talmud says that when there is a renaissance of people acting with humility it will indicate the imminent arrival of Mashiach. (Sanhedrin 98a)
(adapted from A Letter For the Ages, pages 41-43)