08 March 2017
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis
This week’s parasha, Tetzaveh, is distinguished not by what it contains, but rather, what it omits. Interestingly, Moses’ name appears in every parasha chronicling his life from birth to death – except for this week’s portion. Commentators reflect on a variety of reasons, including an exploration of the attribute of humility. While Moses is deeply involved in a number of activities in this week’s parasha, including the selection of Aaron and his sons for the priesthood, he does so without being named.
The concept of humility is a powerful lesson, especially on the eve of Purim. The story of Mordechai and Esther stepping forward to save the Jewish community from the wicked Haman is not only about being in the “right place at the right time,” but also about doing the right thing. Mordechai and Esther chose to take action, not because they would be recognized for their deeds, but because it was what needed to be done. Whatever our roles in the community, choosing to act positively, effectively, forcefully and appropriately are options we each have. So, too, is acting with humility.
Let us learn from Moses, Mordechai and Esther: let us do the right thing, and do so without regard to recognition.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Purim Sameach (Happy Purim!),