Emor: Powerful Humility

What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest possible intimacy with God. -Monica Baldwin

Humility should not be confused with low self-esteem. Moses, considered the most humble of men, did not lack self-esteem. What he did accomplish was to submit himself completely to the will of God. That was part of his unsurpassed humility and his greatness.

The Sfat Emet in 5637 and 5638 (1877 and 1878) on the weekly Torah reading of Emor explains the power of being humble. A person who humbles himself before God, who controls his own desires in favor of what he understands to be God’s commands, will merit seeing God alter the very fabric of reality to realize the humble man’s positive desires.

Furthermore, the humble man, who does his positive actions discretely, will eventually have a public reward. The converse also being true, that the sinner who sins privately, and remains unrepentant, will eventually have the ignominy of some public shame.

May we reach true humility, by having a correct relationship to God and witness miracles and blessings.

Shabbat Shalom,



To the humble people at Kohelet Policy Forum who are accomplishing powerful things.

About the Author
Ben-Tzion Spitz is the former Chief Rabbi of Uruguay and a candidate for the Knesset for the Zehut party. He is the author of three books of Biblical Fiction and hundreds of articles and stories dealing with biblical themes. Ben-Tzion is a graduate of Yeshiva University and received his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
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