Sunday, November 04, 2018

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   by Reb Gutman Locks


     Rabbi Yosi was praising Rabbi Meir in the Talmud. He said that Rabbi Meir was "a great man, a holy man, a humble man."

     From here we learn that holiness is a higher level than greatness, and humility is higher than both of them. So wonderful is the characteristic of humility.

    The Talmud says that the charity box with the least amount coins in it makes the most noise. When someone is trying to collect charity, he will shake his charity box to draw attention to what he wants. If the box is full it will make little noise, but if there are only one or two coins in it, its rattle will be very loud.

     These two teachings are talking about the same subject.

     If someone without greatness, holiness, or humility wants to be noticed, he will have to emphasis or exaggerate the little that he has in order to gain the attention he wants. For instance, he might take grand titles so others will look up to him.

     And what about modesty? A modest person knows that he or she has something they could show off, but they cover it so others will not be attracted to them because of that thing.

     A humble person doesn't even recognize that he has something to show off.

     Humility is much higher than modesty.

     The Torah teaches that Moshe was the most humble man who ever lived. As great was his holiness, a man who could talk to G-d "face to face," his humility was even greater.


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