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November 12, 2007

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Dixie Yid

You can also see the Chofetz Chaim's vort from the fact that when Yaakov rebukes the sheppards by saying, "ז וַיֹּאמֶר, הֵן עוֹד הַיּוֹם גָּדוֹל--לֹא-עֵת, הֵאָסֵף הַמִּקְנֶה; הַשְׁקוּ הַצֹּאן, וּלְכוּ רְעוּ," they take him seriously and explain the reasons for their actions. The reason his rebuke to them was accepted and not challenged in a way of "Who are you to tell us how to act in business?!" is because Yaakov first addressed them by saying, "אַחַי מֵאַיִן אַתֶּם."

Since he starts out with a heartfelt call to these men where he calls them "אַחַי," "My brothers," his words are accepted. When someone feels that you are speaking to him as a brother, he can accept your rebuke.

(I wish I remember in whose name I heard this vort... Any ideas?)

-Dixie Yid

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