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The Life of a Humble Leader

Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 - 12:37 pm

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He was adopted as a child raised in a non-Jewish home. His "foster grandfather" wanted to kill him. He was in exile. On his way back home he almost died. This is a short history of Moses, the leader of the Jewish people.

Moses was a great man who worked on himself and he worshipped his Creator.

In these times, Moses would be referred to as a man from a very assimilated background. Despite all that he went through, he became a true leader.  When he came to power, did he say, "I made it"? Did he say, "I am better or greater than those around me"? No. Moses said and felt that had other people been given his talents and circumstances they would have done better and accomplished more.

Reb Simcha Bunim of Psicha says, "When we are on a mountain, can we say that we are great because we are higher than other people?"  No, we need to  realize that the mountain is holding us up! Moses, in his humility, realized that G-d had given him these talents.

It says that Moses was the most humble man on the face of the earth.  There are two important lessons we can learn from this. Although he was in a position of power he acted with strength while simultaneously realizing that someone else could have done better.  He accepted his father-in-law's advice and acted upon it. In his humility, he was always open to learning while he knew how to go forward and accomplish his purpose as the leader of our people.

There are also 2 lessons for us. Regardless of our "background" we can still be a leader and communicate G-d's message to the world.  As we act with strength in  our "position of power" we must be humble, knowing that had someone else been in our situation, they could have on a better job.

Are you becoming a humble leader?  This is our opportunity and our responsibility.

Have a great Shabbos.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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