Parashat Beha'alotecha: I've Fallen and I Can Get Up!

Immediately upon traveling into the desert, the Nation of Israel begins to experience all types of difficulties. The people began complaining, they became dissatisfied with the manna, there was the crisis with Miriam and Aharon, the sin of the Spies, Korach and his band, the waters of Merivah where Moshe Rabbenu struck the rock, etc., all of these internal crises. Then there were the problems with the non-Jews: Edom, Sichon, Balak and Bila'am. The path was full of stumbling blocks.
After the Six-Day War, there was a conference of Arab professors held at "El Azhar" University near Cairo, on the meaning of the theology of the State of Israel. They all agreed that the State of Israel should be wiped out, but there were different opinions as to what should be done with the Jews. Some said that if they accepted Palestinian authority, they could be "fixed". Others said that there was no way to save them, since they are corrupt at their source, the dross of humanity, and one must be freed from them. One professor wrote an article attempting to prove the corrupt nature of the Nation of Israel based on the Torah. He brought as proof all of the failings of the Nation in the desert.
It is true that we have fallen, the Torah does not hide this fact. So what? Erring is a phenomenon of humanity. "For there is no man in the world who is righteous, who performs good, and does not sin" (Kohelet 7:20). We fall, but we arise and are encouraged. It once happened that a teacher, who just completed teaching school, received a position in a twelfth grade class in a school for juvenile delinquents. He was a thin, weak and pale young man and the students – experienced in theft and violence – were hoodlums. On the first day, he sat in the teacher's room shaking from fright and his heart was pounding. Suddenly the bell rang and he headed towards the class, almost drunk from fear, to the point that he did not notice that there was a step on the doorway. He tripped on it and fell face down on the floor. The entire class burst out in laughter, making fun of him and throwing paper and chalk. He got up slowly and said: "It happens that a person falls. The question is does he know how to get up. This is our first lesson." The students understood the lesson and gave him a round of applause. It is true that we fall and arise, fall and arise ("For a righteous person will fall and arise seven times" – Mishlei 24:16). The path is full of stumbling and complications, but we perfect ourselves little-by-little.