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OOPS!

by Stuart W.    
Torah from Dixie Staff Writer    

Davey has a big decision to make. He has just been caught literally red-handed, with pieces of cherry pie dangling from his fingers. His mother had told him not to eat anymore pie, but he didn't listen.

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Davey has a big decision to make. He has just been caught literally red-handed, with pieces of cherry pie dangling from his fingers. His mother had told him not to eat anymore pie, but he didn't listen. Now he must choose either to tell the truth and risk being called a bad boy for the rest of his life, or to tell a fib so everyone will still think he is a little angel. What should Davey do?

In this week's Torah portion, our forefather Jacob blesses each of his children before he dies. Judah receives a relatively large blessing, and included in it is an acknowledgment that he has "elevated himself" (Genesis 49:9). Rashi, the classic medieval Torah commentator, explains that one of the things that this refers to is Judah's admission of guilt after the incident with Tamar several Torah portions ago. Judah had wrongfully accused her of a fault and decreed the harsh punishment of death upon her. When he found out that it was in truth his own mistake and not hers, he publicly admitted that he was wrong, something which is not so easy for people to do, especially when one's reputation is on the line. It took a big man like Judah to admit the truth, and he was rewarded for it.

We can take this message and apply it to our lives as well. Whenever we are in a situation in which we initially thought that we are right and we suddenly realize we are wrong, we should not cover up our mistake in order to save face. Rather, we should admit the truth, even though it may bring us shame, for ultimately it will be to our benefit. We will have brought peace to Hashem's world, and He will surely reward us for it.

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