Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Tzadik for Now

by Blind Beggar (See all authors)

The Pasuk in this week's Parsha says, "and Rivka had a brother, and his name was Lavan". The Medrash says that for Tzadikim, the Torah says "and his name was" before the name, like "and his name was Boaz". But with Reshayim it is the other way round like, "Goliath was his name". Asks the Ohr Hachaim, why does the posuk refer to Lavan like a Tzadik, like Boaz, and not like the rosho that he was, like Goliath?


The Ohr Hachaim answers that Lavan saw a strange man talking with his sister, which is a breach of tznius, so he ran over to investigate. Since he was doing an act of tzidkus, he is referred to like a Tzadik in the Pasuk.

Lesson: Whatever you are all day long, you are a Tzadik whenever you are reading the Chizuk e-mails, or when you're on the GYE Forum.