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"The son of an Israelite woman went out -- and he was the son of an Egyptian man -- among the Children of Israel; they fought in the camp, the son of the Israelite woman and an Israelite man. The son of the Israelite woman pronounced the Name and blasphemed -- so they brought him to Moshe; the name of his mother was Shelomis daughter of Divri, of the tribe of Dan" (Vayikra 24:10-11).

The Safes teach us that this fellow was the son of the Egyptian whom Moshe had smitten by use of the Ineffable Name of Hashem.

I understood from Harav Shalom Shvadron zt"l, that this is the reason this man bore a grudge against the Name of Hashem and eventually blasphemed when the opportunity came around.

This is the way of wicked people. Not only do they bear grudges against their fellowman but even against Hashem.

Righteous people, on the other hand, never bear grudges, no matter how severe the situation.

The following story is from Yehudis Samet's excellent book,"The Other Side of the Story."

An aide of the Skulener Rebbe, Rabbi Eliezer Zusia Portugal ztvk"l, once related: Among the many people whom the Rebbe had rescued from Europe was a woman who had informed the Rumanian government of his religious activities, which led to his arrest and imprisonment. "Why go to such effort and expense to save a person of her ilk," he was asked.

"You have no idea how much she suffered beforehand, and how tempting the authorities make it to inform," the Rebbe said with tears in his eyes.

Shema Yisrael Torah Network
Jerusalem, Israel