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Rabbi Berzansky - V’zos Habrachah

Rejoicing over Your Friend’s Fortune


אֶת־כָּל־הָאָ֛רֶץ אֶת־הַגִּלְעָ֖ד עַד־דָּֽן׃

And Hashem showed him the entire land.

Aside from teaching her students the beauty of Yiddishkeit, Mrs. Zelda Rosenthal taught her students how to rejoice when their friends succeeded.

After they finished playing their first game of the semester, she turned to the losing team and asked them, “Who is happy for the winning team?” Only one child raised her hand.

She rewarded her and the winning team with a small prize. Already by the second game, the children had caught on and when she asked the losers the same question, they all raised their hands. This time, she rewarded everybody. She would teach the children that it is important to do your best, enjoy the game, and most of all to be happy for the winner.

Even though Moshe Rabbeinu was not personally allowed to enter into Eretz Yisroel, nonetheless Hashem still wanted to show him its beauty. Hashem knew that Moshe would rejoice in seeing the beautiful gift that the nation he loved so dearly would receive.

Moshe’s own deep-seated passion to enter the land did not stop his heart from singing with joy as he saw the lavish and wonderful land that Klal Yisroel would receive. He was beyond any form of jealousy.

Both Esti and Dini were planning for their end-of-the-year field trips. Esti’s was on Sunday and Dini’s was on Tuesday. Sunday morning came and to her disappointment, Esti woke up with a fever of 101 degrees and was not able to go. She called her sister Dini into the room and said, “Dini, I already packed my bag with all my favorite candies. I am not going on my field trip because I am sick. If you want, you can take my candies for your trip on Tuesday. I am sure you would love them; they are really yummy and are my favorite.”

Nothing is more beautiful than watching a selfless heart in action.

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