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By the time Moses returned to the scene, his people had hit an all-time low. They worshipped idols, spoke slanderously of each other, and had wandered very far from the path of their forefathers. Perhaps he should have told them off, saying, “Repent, sinners, lest you perish altogether!”

But he didn’t. Instead, he told them how G‑d cared for them and felt their suffering, how He would bring about miracles, freedom and a wondrous future out of His love for them.

As for rebuke, Moses saved that for G‑d. “Why have You mistreated Your people?!” he demanded.

If you don’t like the other guy’s lifestyle, do him a favor, lend him a hand. Once you’ve brought a few miracles into his life, then you can urge him to chuck his bad habits.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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farah sajid pakistan January 15, 2016

miracles Miracles is happened in our life when we believe in our self with depend on G_D . Reply

Lamont Myers January 15, 2016

Rebuke Love and fear, what a combination! Reply

Anonymous Mesa, Arizona, USA January 18, 2012

Rebuke I thought that we are supposed to tell someone who is doing something wrong, which would separate he/she from G-d to look into the matter and try to correct it. How can we bring a miracle to someone who does not think G-d sees the wrong? For what I understand religious Jews do not want to associate with others if they are not in the path of Torah study and living a Jewish life because they are not clean, or are "sinners." Therefore, how does one handle such behavior? I told someone that we are not supposed to have intimate relationship out of marriage. Is that wrong? This person told me that I speak too much about religion. Very confusing. Reply

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman January 18, 2012

Re: Israel Exactly.
But I don't think they visit, either. Reply

cathy Fried Toronto, Canada January 18, 2012

Israel Perhaps this advice should be sent to those in Israel who yell and spit on an 8 year old because she is dressed inappropriately - while in long sleeves and long skirts. Or won't allow women to speak at a convention on women's health. Such a shame! Reply

valerie akron, oh January 18, 2012

rebuke easier said than done!!! it's one of the 'Egypts' i, personally, need to be freed from - a challenge, but working diligently and trying very hard to overcome; making progress, too. this is a beautiful reminder to keep at it. thank you!!!!! Reply

Anthony Cape Town, S.A. January 15, 2010

Rebuke Thank you. That was beautiful. Reply

Anonymous WC January 15, 2010

Another tall order i cannot keep up with your challenges.

it doesn't mean you should stop, G-d forbid. Reply

shel UK January 15, 2010

amazing thank you for lifting my spirit this morn
for the understanding and calm
you bring...
to a storm
for the love that you share
brought down to earth
available now
to all Children born
with the help ...
of the internet

shalom Reply