Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Parshas Vayera

Raise the Bar

"Someone once saw Napolean crying and asked him why he was crying. Napolean said, 'I looked up to Alexander the Great as a role model. Now people will look up to me as a role model. Since I'm not as good as Alexander the Great, there will be a lowering of standards of what a ruler can accomplish.'"(Rabbi Simcha Zissel Brodie zt"l, as heard from my good friend, Barnea Selavan)

When G-d commanded Abraham to sacrifice Yitzchok, G-d said "please" (Biraishis 22:1-19). The Gemara in Sanhedrin says that G-d was telling Abraham to make sure he "passes this test" and obeys His commandment, because otherwise Abraham will negate his earlier successes. (Our Rabbis tell us that G-d gave Abraham ten tests, which he passed.) Why does one failure invalidate other successes? When a person does an action, it reflects on his entire being!! Since Abraham passed all of the tests until now, people felt that his essence was one of total devotion to G-d. If he would fail one, that would reflect a lesser dedication to G-d. This in turn would affect to what extent other people would put into their service of G-d.

As parents, educators, and friends, we don't always realize it, but people DO look at us as guideposts in life. Don't lower the bar of standards of what can be accomplished in life!!

Have a great Shabbos !!

Rabbi Chaim Flom



 

ARTICLES ON TERUMAH:

View Complete List

Workout
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Symbols
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Build a "Cottage" for Hashem
Shlomo Katz - 5758

> Hiddur Mitzvah: What a Beautiful Mitzvah!
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

What Life is Like in the Holy of Holies
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Taking in the Most Generous Way
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Sanctuary Sweet Sanctuary
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

The Ultimate Elevated-Offering
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

The Bottom Line
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

ArtScroll

It's All About the Effort
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5763

A Place To Grow
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Use Your Giving Muscles
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

No Force Could Ever Frustrate
Rabbi Label Lam - 5775

It Will be Built Again
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Keruv or Karov?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Try Try Again
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5768



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information