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  1. Micha Berger

    The carrot part of the mashal cuts both ways.

    Someone can be overly hard, a demanding teacher who cuts his students to the bone. Some students pick up from this how important Torah is to the rebbe, how much more the rebbe thinks they’re capable of than producing. Others are turned off.

    Then the rebbe goes through a trying time. He loses his wife, and while he’s still reeling from that is mother passes away, and before the season is out, a brother is niftar as well. And the experience mellows him. And he no longer alienates any of his students with biting come-backs and demanding tactics.

    The carrot can be better boiled.

    It’s all a matter of the Middah haBeinonis.


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