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Parashat Shelach – Self Confidence

וַנְּהִי בְעֵינֵינוּ כַּחֲגָבִים וְכֵן הָיִינוּ בְּעֵינֵיהֶם

We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and so we were in their eyes.

 

The Jews sent an advance team of spies, at the people’s insistence, into Eretz Yisrael. Kind of a last “checkup” before the “operation” of finally going in. For reasons beyond the scope of our discussion, the spies decided to speak badly of the land. 

The Chafetz Chaim brings down a Midrash that says that Hashem exclaimed “I forgive you for saying that you seemed like grasshoppers in your own eyes, but not for assuming you seemed like grasshoppers to them. How do you know that? Maybe you seemed like angels to them! 

The Chafetz Chaim continued that this is what happens when someone loses their self confidence, not only does he seem small to himself, but he believes he is small in everyone else’s eyes as well, even though he may well seem like an angel to them! He unfortunately then looks at himself even lower, and can’t muster the strength to try to change himself.

The Midrash teaches us that we aren’t to assume what others think of us. Make yourself loved by Hashem and He can make even the lowest person seem like an angel to others. Assume that and make yourself fit the profile.

 

Shabbat Shalom

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