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Tomer Devora Midda 13: For Ole Time Sake
In the Gemara there is a Machlokes if and when the Zechus of the Avos has already been used up. The past surely has all been paid up by Hashem so now what do have left if we have no zechusim of our own? The answer is that sometimes when someone who was so good becomes so bad, as much as we are very angry, we sometime look at them and pity them thinking "my how far have you fallen. We were once so close." This thought makes you want to do good for them even under the current miserable circumstances.
Mimei Kedem is the last midda. True Hashem owes us nothing, yet the remembrance of the good ole day of following Him to the Midbar and standing by Har Sinai brings Him Nachas Ruach. Even though we are undeserving Hashem will pity us for ole time sake.
No matter what the present situation we should always try to remember something good that our friends and family have done for us in the past and be nice to them even if the favor has long ago been repaid.
We hope you enjoyed the bit of insight to the 13 middos according to the Tomer Devora. Most importantly we hope that all of us (including the author) have been inspired at least in some small way to emulate our creator and bring him Nachas Ruach. Gmar Chasima Toiva!
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