On Humility

21 07 2010

Rabbi Rafael of Barshad (19th century Europe) summed it up as follows:

“When I get to heaven, they’ll ask me, why didn’t you learn more Torah? And I’ll tell them that I’m slow-witted.

Then they’ll ask me, why didn’t you do more kindness for others? And I’ll tell them that I’m physically weak.

Then they’ll ask me, why didn’t you give more Tzedakah? And I’ll tell them that I didn’t have enough money.

But then they’ll ask me: If you were so stupid, weak and poor, why were you so arrogant? And for that I won’t have an answer.”

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