Parshas Vayelech

Parshas Vayelech

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck

Hashem used the word Hein, Hein Korvu Yomecho, when telling Moshe Rabbeinu that he will not enter Eretz Yisroel. Moshe responded to Hashem that it seems unfair that he would be informed of his death with the same word, Hein, that Moshe Rabbeinu used to praise Hashem, Hein Lashem Elokecho Hashomaim U’shmei Hashomaim, To Hashem belong the heaven and the heavens above the heavens. 

Hashem responded to Moshe Rabbeinu that He also used the word Hein, when he complained, Hein Lo Ya’a’minu Bi, that Klal Yisroel won’t believe in me. The Sifrei continues, Shochein Ra Ro’e Es Hanichnosos, V’eino Ro’e Es Hayotzos, a bad neighbor sees the profits of his neighbor but not his expenses. I appreciate this expression. Employees and outsiders see how much business people make without any interest in the equally important amount of expenses they incurred. Doing so, people can become jealous of others and draw unrealistic conclusions about them. 

We only remember our good deeds, Hachnosos, and not our bad ones, Yitzios.

We must know that our selective memory limits our ability to effectively defend ourselves. We only remember our good deeds, Hachnosos, and not our bad ones, Yitzios. Even within the same act, we may only remember the positive and not the negative aspect of our actions. Succeeding in Din is difficult. We must begin by being transparent with ourselves and everything that we have done. No one wants to be a Shochein Ra, certainly not if we need something from them. We need Hashem and should remember everything we have done to increase our chances of a G’mar Chaasima Tova.

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