Friday, February 13, 2009

Parshas Yisro

In HS I was one of those good students that listened in class. I believed everything the teacher said, throughout my years. If the teacher said something, their greater than me and are the authority and therefore have to be right. There were some parts which I disagreed with Ex: Kollel. But other than that everything they said got absorbed in me.

Something To Say:

Blessed is Hashem, Who has rescued you from the hand of Egypt (18:10).

When Yisro heard of all the miracles God performed for the Jews, he left his home in Midian to join them in the desert. As Moses related to his father-in-law all that God had done, Yisro blessed Hashem. Why did Yisro bless Hashem for the miracles only after he heard them again from Moses, and not earlier?

The Midrash explains that what one hears from a teacher cannot be compared to what one hears from a student. And while they may be the same stories concerning the same miracles, their effect is not nearly as strong when heard by a simple Jew than when heard by a holy individual. Thus, when the stories were told by Moses, and heard by a man of Yisro’s stature, their effect was much greater than before.

See I’m not crazy for having believed what I was taught from teachers. It’s natural to believe the teachers over the students. Just like Yisro was able to believe Moshe because he was the holy teacher.


Leora said...

I'm trying to absorb what you are saying. I think a lot of my teachers didn't quite get me.

And your take on Kollel is interesting...I think it's OK for a few select individual to study in Kollel, but if no one has a parnassah, the system doesn't work too well.

Anyway, nice to hear your dvar Torah. Shabbat Shalom.

Talmudist said...

Nice 'real-world' application of the vort.

harry-er than them all said...

The problem with your assumption is that not always are teachers greater than the students. i'm assuming you haven't suffered from your teachers to accept a pshat like that.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Leora: Well I was saying more about the content they taught. That I grasped it all. It could be that they didn't understand me as a student. But that's for different reasons.

True, there needs to be a balance, there has to be money coming in from somewhere.

Thanx, and thanks for putting it in HH.

Talmudist: Thank You!

Harry-er than them all: True, I see that, but I think that's mostly in boys schools. And yea, I was never really harmed by any teacher. There were one or two situations with individual teachers in elementary school, but it had nothing to do with what they were teaching. There was actually one teacher that I really disliked, I felt she was mean to me, I can't remember why. But yet I still remember an important lesson she taught me.

She said its important to listen to your mother. That mothers know best. She gave us a moshul to go along with it. So now every time I'm not sure of something I ask my mother, and she's always right. Like if I'm not sure if I need an umbrella, or if I should take a coat or jacket. Plus other stuff in general.

So even though I disliked the teacher, I was still able to take in what she taught me and listen to her advice, because it made sense.

Anonymous said...

This holds very true, people tend to trust those with higher authority. Always like reading these Divrei Torah!

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Katie: Thanx!

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