Comparing to Others

פרשת נח
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Written by:
Rabbi Yehuda Chanales
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ברכה ראשונה:

If I could be anyone in history I would want to be… (because..)

If I could choose anyone in history to be my friend/in my class, I would choose… (because…)

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

Some of our Sages interpret it [the word בְּדֹרֹתָיו] favorably: How much more so if he had lived in a generation of righteous people, he would have been even more righteous. Others interpret it derogatorily: In comparison with his generation he was righteous, but if he had been in Abraham’s generation, he would not have been considered of any importance.

בדורותיו: יש מרבותינו דורשים אותו לשבח, כל שכן שאלו היה בדור צדיקים היה צדיק יותר. ויש שדורשים אותו לגנאי, לפי דורו היה צדיק, ואלו היה בדורו של אברהם לא היה נחשב לכלום:

  1. Which opinion in Rashi makes more sense to you? Why would חז”ל take one position or another?
  2. How does comparing yourself to others impact how you identify yourself? 
  3. When does comparing yourself to others inspire you to strive for greatness? When does it encourage you to compromise or settle for mediocrity?

ברכה אחרונה

What advice could we give someone who is always judging themselves in comparison to others? 

Notes to the teacher

  1. This is the place to make suggestions to the teacher of different ways they may choose to facilitate this limmud
  2. Or particular grade levels or sensitivities to take into account
  3. Or anything else you think is important for the teacher to know

עבודת המורה

  1. This is the place to raise some questions that make sure the teacher tests the limmud on themselves or others
  2. Could be a general question like - which part of the limmud resonated most for you? Which question was the hardest for you to answer?
  3. Or questions anticipating students’ responses- What do you think students will say for X or Y? To what extent are you open to being surprised?
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