The Rav spoke recently about א-ל נקמות ה׳, Hashem’s trait of being a jealous and vengeful G-d (see Thursday’s dvar Torah on מטות-מסעי). So if I become angry or jealous, isn’t that a way of emulating Hashem?
I’ll tell you. Let’s say you’ll go out in the street tonight, on the way home from this lecture, and you’ll see somebody who’s trying to mug an innocent person. Now, you happen to be well-armed. You’re carrying a knife on you, and you’re strong and you know karate. And you know that you’re able to save that person. So you should make sure to be angry when you hit that man on the head. Don’t just knock him out. Be angry at him. Emulate Hashem! Hashem is angry against evil-doers so you be angry as well. So hop into it and save that innocent person from the רשע. And be angry at this evil-doer! There, you have a right to be angry.
You have a right to be angry against the liberals, against רשעים, against gays, against people who are ruining the youth in the schools, teaching them sex-education and all the wicked things. You have that right. You have a right to be angry against the רשעים in Eretz Yisroel who are trying to introduce Reform converts who are גוים גמורים. Goyim in the full sense of the word, and they want them to have the status of frum Jews. Yes, you should emulate Hashem and be angry in the right situation.
But don’t be angry against your fellow Jews. Don’t be angry against your wife. Don’t be angry against your mother and father. Don’t be angry against your Rebbi. Learn when to emulate Hashem’s qualities of חסד, kindness, and learn when to emulate His quality of א-ל נקמות ה׳, the G-d of Vengeance.
Absolutely, you’ll have to learn how to apply both qualities. נקמה, revenge, is a very great thing when it’s utilized in the right place. But otherwise, it’s considered a wicked middah. לא תקום ולא תטור את בני עמך. You shouldn’t use that middah against your people. Therefore, all the middos of הקדוש ברוך הוא, should certainly be emulated – you just have to learn how and when.
TAPE # 606