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Humility and Carrying Burdens
Our Sages say that humility is the mother of all good character. The value of possessing such a trait cannot be overemphasized.
Humility allows us to see reality free from the haze of self-absorption; to be deeply connected to and of help to others; to devote ourselves to good, undeterred by the obstacles of self-doubt or public opinion; to be with G-d, the source of all, in this moment.
It’s worth taking a moment to contemplate Rashi’s definition of humility (in reference to Moshe): shafel v’savlan – “low in spirit and long-enduring.” I’d like to focus specifically on savlan – “long-enduring.”
Savlan is related to savlanut – in modern Hebrew “patience.” But our Sages point out that the root of savlan means “to bear,” as in to carry a load. The image is of one carrying a precious package on a journey. At some point he wearies. The package is heavy.
“Is it really necessary to schlep this thing?” he says to himself. “It hurts. I resent it. I’ll chuck it away.” MORE