and Their Impact
This Shabbat we will read the Torah Portion “Shlakh” in the book of Numbers – Ba’Midbar.
The Torah portion of Sh’lach opens with the verse:
שְׁלַח לְךָ אֲנָשִׁים וְיָתֻרוּ אֶת אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן… תִּשְׁלָחוּ כֹּל נָשִׂיא בָהֶם
“Send men for you, that they may spy out the land of Canaan …send every leader of them.” (13:2)
Rabbi Moshe Haim Ephraim, the grandson of the Ba’al Shem Tov, comments on this verse in his book Degel Mahaneh Efraim:
In the word “leader” (NASSI – נשיא) it is possible to find the letters of the word “there is” – YEISH יש
but it is also possible to find the letters of the word “there is not” – EIN אין.
This implies that there exist two types of leaders:
There exists a leader whose essence is:
A leader like this is constantly emphasizing his own importance.
In contrast, there exists a leader whose essence is
“there is not.”
A leader who behaves like a “there is” – being prideful and showing off – is actually a “there is not” person and does not receive honor from all the people.
A leader who behaves like a “there is not” – humble and modest – he is actually a “there is” and receives honor from all the people.
A leader like this remains a humble and modest person. Moses, our teacher was such a leader.
אַל-תַּעֲלוּ, כִּי אֵין יְהוָה בְּקִרְבְּכֶם; וְלֹא, תִּנָּגְפוּ לִפְנֵי אֹיְבֵיכֶם
(Num 14:45)… וַיַּעְפִּלוּ, לַעֲלוֹת אֶל-רֹאשׁ הָהָר
וַיֵּרֶד הָעֲמָלֵקִי וְהַכְּנַעֲנִי, הַיֹּשֵׁב בָּהָר הַהוּא; וַיַּכּוּם וַיַּכְּתוּם, עַד-הַחָרְמָה
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