Rabbi Joseph Telushkin: The Rebbe’s Example

A wonderful video of Rabbi Telushkin, author of many books including A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volumes I & II. In this video, Telushkin brings out an important characteristic in the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the most important characteristic of a great leader: humility. He then relates this back to Moses, and the reasons why he was such a great leader. This is an excellent resource I will watch many times.

The Rebbe's Example

Moses, The Alabaster Jar and the Haggadah

What do these three things have in common? Scripture says that wherever the Gospel is preached, the story of the woman with the alabaster jar will be told, “in memory of her.” (Mark 14:1-9) However, her name is never mentioned. You would think if the event was that important her name would be mentioned to add to this memorial. This is where the Moses & the Haggadah come in.

When the Exodus event is mentioned, what main character comes to mind? None other than Moses. However, what main character is mysteriously absent from the Passover Haggadah? Moses.

Why is this so? It is to teach us that the story of redemption is not about this person or that. It is about the plan of Hashem to redeem mankind. Too many times we are miffed when we are not recognized for what a great mitzvah we performed. We’ve done something really great (like holding our tongue when all of our soul is screaming out inside), and yet no one really cares. As a matter of fact, they expect more and push all of our buttons in just the wrong spots.

This is where remembrance becomes the key to our redemption. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about Hashem and His Messiah. If we have done our part, all we can hope to merit is saying, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty” (Luke 17:10). “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).