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“The humble will inherit the Earth”

Posted on ט״ו בטבת ה׳תש״ע (January 1, 2010) | in VaYechei | by

VaYechi 5770 Yaakov Avinu gave priority in his blessing of Yosef’s sons to the younger of the two, Efraim. The Ba’al HaTurim finds a hint in the Torah’s description of the event that Efraim was honoured above his brother because “he had humbled himself.” Humility is often not given its due admiration in our society; on the contrary, it is often seen as a liability and a handicap on the road to “success.” Woven discretely between the lines of the Torah is a timeless insight that will not wear out with repetition and that will enrich us should we heed it: “The humble will inherit the Earth and will delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Tehillim 37:11). Good Shabbos!

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