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Reticence vs. Impetuosity (Shemini 5781)

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by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l

“To do anything great we have to be aware of these two temptations. One is the fear of greatness: who am I? The other is being convinced of your greatness: Who are they? I can do it better.

We can do great things if:

(a) the task matters more than the person,

(b) we are willing to do our best without thinking ourselves superior to others,

(c) we are willing to take advice, the thing Nadav and Avihu failed to do.

People do not become leaders because they are great. They become great because they are willing to serve as leaders. It does not matter that we think ourselves inadequate. Moses did. So did Aaron. What matters is the willingness, when challenge calls, to say, Hineni, ‘Here I am.'”

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