This Dvar Torah is dedicated as a zechus for my beloved father, Nachman Shimon ben Yehuda Meir Hakohen z

  • January 01, 2015


    "He (Moshe) went out the next day and two Hebrew men were fighting. He (Moshe) said to the wicked one, "Why would you strike your fellow?" (Shemot 2:13
    Rashi comments based on Gemara Sanhedrin 58b that even though the second man was not actually hit, the first person is called "wicked" just for raising his hand to strike. The question is why is the first person called "wicked" for just lifting his hand to strike. By just lifting his hand no damages were incurred. Can he then be possibly called 'wicked"? 

    I would like to, B"EH, provide an original answer. Damages were incurred but to whom? The person lifting his fist to strike his fellow did tremendous damage to his very own spiritual well being. He did not see the Tzelem Elokim, the Divine Image, in his friend. When Moshe encountered the person ready to strike his fellow, Mocha was shocked. He could not fathom or entertain the thought that anyone could do such an act. Moshe, thereby, considered this person wicked. However, there is much more to this act that warrented the distinction of being wicked. The striker showed a callous disregard for his own spiritual self. Moshe reasoned how could the striker not be cognizant of his own inherent greatness that he could possibly damage his soul by such a callous act. 

    From this episode we learn a very important lesson. A fundamental concept in spirituality is knowing that we have a soul, and further knowing the greatness of that soul. We must care for its well being just like we would care for a precious gem or expensive watch. Would a rational person trample on his gold watch? Of course not! Then why would someone callously trample on his or her soul? The first step to greatness is knowing the greatness that lies within, namely the soul. 

    Have a Good Shabbos.