Kindness Hacks from Korach
A farmer went to the barn every day to get milk but returned with an empty pail.
“How come you never bring back any milk?” his wife asked.
“Because the only way to get milk is for me to bend down and milk the cow,” explained the farmer “I don’t want to lose my pride by doing something so lowly!”
In this weeks Parsha we read of a revolt against Moshe and Ahron led by Korach, Dasan, Aviram and On.
After they commenced their rebellion we learn that ‘Moshe sent to call Dasan and Aviram’.
Rashi explains that this means that Moshe himself went to search for them and appease them with words of peace.
Moshe, the great leader of the Jewish people, who Hashem Himself had communicated with at Har Sinai, did not consider it beneath his dignity to go and seek out the rebels himself, rather then wait for them to approach him.
He valued peace much more than his own honour.
In the same way, when faced with a dispute or an argument we learn how important it is to put our own egos aside for the sake of peace.
Many times arguments can be left unresolved because both sides are unwilling to swallow their pride and apologise.
Greatness is apologising, sometimes even if one still feels, or knows that he is right.
As painful as it may be, in order to milk a cow one must bend down. The results however are rich with nutrition and goodness.
Peace before pride.
(Adapted from Lilmod Ulelamed by Rabbi Mordechai Katz)
Yalkut Psalms 859