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Parshas Pinchos: Chida & Kotzker Rebbe - Rating Our Leaders
Hashem tells Moshe to pass on the mantle of leadership to Yehoshua, "VNasata Mei Hodcha Alav; Give him from your radiance," (Pinchos 27:20). The Gemara in Bava Basra (75) says MeiHodcha from your Hod but not all of it. From here the Zekeinim said that Moshe radiated like the sun, and Yehoshua only received part of Moshe's radiance, and radiated like the moon; woe to the embarrassment! What did the Zekeinim mean when they said, "Woe to the embarrassment," which embarrassment?

The Peninim al HaParshas says the Chida explains that Yehoshua merited to succeed Moshe, because he cleaned up the Bais Medrash and was Mishamesh Moshe doing all the menial tasks. The Zekeinim, on the other hand, learned Torah from Moshe, but felt above menial chores. When they saw how wrong they were, as Yehoshua was elevated to be the Manhig, they said, "Woe to the embarrassment we felt at cleaning up." That degradation was accepted by Yehoshua, and now he leads us.

The Kotzker Rebbe has a different approach to this Gemara. He says that this Gemara is referring to those who rate their leaders. After hearing the Zekeinim say that Moshe was like the sun and Yehoshua like the moon, the Gemara itself comments, "Woe to the embarrassment of a generation who rates it leaders."

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