The Nesiim’s decision
The struggle between good and evil is always difficult, but sometimes, the choice between two apparently good actions can be even more difficult. The Jewish leaders were faced with a dilemma whether to lead from in front or from behind, and despite their righteousness they made a subtle miscalculation.
Similarly, in our own lives, a person is often forced to decide between two paths which both seem to be good and holy. In such a case one should reflect on whether there is an overtone of “idleness” or “laziness” in one of the paths. For example, a person may say, “I have no time to pray at length, since I am busy bringing Jews closer to Judaism.” That, of course may be true, but that person needs to ask himself, “Are you sure that you’re not just being lazy, because you can’t be bothered to pray at length?”
The story of the Jewish leaders teaches us that these types of decisions—between two apparently holy paths—can be the hardest of all.
(Based on Sichas Parshas Vayakhel Pekudei 5726)