We have to follow Hashem’s ways of kindness, mercy, compassion, and so on,
as much as possible. For example, we are taught, “Be holy, for Hashem is
holy” (Vayikra 19:2). Rav Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that because
Hashem is holy beyond anything that we can comprehend, the Jewish nation
has always been the most holy nation. We become holy when 1) we fulfill
the laws of the Torah, and 2) we study Hashem’s ways and endeavor to model
our thoughts, attitudes, and behavior after Hashem.
Some examples of following Hashem’s ways are:
• To be kind to others, even when they are not appreciative of our
efforts, as Hashem is always kind to us, although we don’t always
acknowledge Him and His kindness.
• Forgive others when they apologize, as Hashem forgives us when we
• Be more patient, as Hashem is extremely patient with us.
• Be humble, as Hashem is. “Wherever we find His greatness, we also find
His humility” (Megillah 30b). The Talmud teaches, “A person should always
be soft and flexible as a reed, not firm as a cedar tree” (Taanis 20b).
• Be modest and hidden, like Hashem, who conceals Himself.
(For more on this topic, please see Emulating Our Creator