Thursday, March 27, 2008

Miserable perfection


"If I were to choose a single character defect that causes people more misery than any other, it would be the inability to admit a mistake."

(Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, 60 Days for 60 Years: Israel pg. 45)

Have a great day,


  1. Interestingly enough, he came to our shul (Young Israel of Brookline) this past Shabbat (corresponding to 3/29/08) and spoke before Mussaf about this very idea, relating it to how Moshe admitted his mistake in admonishing Aaron and his sons when they didn't eat of the korban for rosh chodesh.

    Rabbi Twersky pointed out that Moshe said "shachachti", admitting his mistake, even though it could jeopardize and undermine the whole khal's confidence in the Torah, as transmitted by someone who could forget a piece of it.

    It was an excellent dvar.

  2. Thanks for commenting!

    I love listening to R' Twerski speak; his insights, while so tied into what ought to be common sense, always seem so revelatory to me.