|Examine Your Life
Question 31: What's wrong with feeling superior to others?
Rabbi Schwartz :
siddur prescribes that daily we praise Hashem for not making us
non-Jews. In this blessing we thank Hashem that we may live a Torah
lifestyle, especially when there are so many who don’t know it, so many
that never realize that they are missing huge chunks of eternity, and
insist on living only for the material world.
Torah is a privilege, but we can never take credit for being born into
or stumbling over it. Rather, for reasons known only to Hashem, we have
merited this gift. As such, we must recognize that in no way may we
feel superior to anyone else in the world.
We may be choosing
to live the right way and also to the best of our ability, but we can
never know how much this is to our credit, or whether the upper worlds
prod and prompt us to live so. It could well be that one who does less
than us, is in fact, doing much, much more.
The best we can do
is to emulate the humility of Moshe, our great guide and teacher, and
continue to strive and exert ourselves as best we understand how.
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