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Zachor 5: A Student's Honor Print E-mail

ZachorAnd Moshe said to Yehoshua, “Choose men for us.” Rashi comments on the power of the word “us”. Moshe said to Yehoshua, “Go out and choose men for you and me.” We derive a great principle from here that a master

 

must treat his student’s honor as dearly as he treats his own.Moshe is charging Yehoshua to go and do battle and he choose this moment to teach Yehoshua and us that a teacher must be as careful with a student’s honor as he is with his own!

 

It had to be this moment, as Yehoshua was readying for battle. The student had to enter the battle on his own, not in the shadow of his master. Yehoshua had to have a deep sense of his own honor. This was the gift that the great master, Moshe, gave his student before the latter entered battle.

And there’s more:

“Hamelamed Torah L’amo Yisrael” God is the teacher of all Israel. A teacher must treat his student’s honor as dearly as He treats His own.

Moshe, the one person who spoke directly with God, Moshe, our rebbi, Moshe, the giver of the Torah, who knew God as did no other human being, told Yehoshua that the Ultimate Teacher, God, treats the honor of His students as dearly as He treats His own. This is the God Who is fighting at your side Yehoshua. This is the God, the teacher, Who sits with us as we study Torah.

This is the God, the teacher, Who sits with us as we pray.

This is the God, the Teacher, Who guides us through life.

This is the God, the Teacher, Who directs us in our service of Him.

He honors us. He holds our honor as dear to Him as He holds His own.

This is what we remember on Parshat Zachor!

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