On June 4, 1944, recognizing how easily D-Day could fail, Gen. Eisenhower prepared the following:
“Our landings…have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold… The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”
As a family member or business professional, learning to accept responsibility is profoundly valuable. Learn to say, “I messed up and I accept all consequences.” The character strength needed for this is increasingly rare and we need to acquire it ourselves before we can hope to influence others.
Hebrew reveals one aspect of owning one’s actions. Referring to Leah and Rachel’s sibling relationship in Genesis 29, two words are used, GDoLah and K’TaNah, older and younger. Earlier, when Lot and his daughters flee the destruction of Sodom, we encountered two other words BeCHiRah – firstborn, and TZeiRah – younger (19:31). In chapter 19 we find a clustering of the root letters TZ-R. Lot escapes to the city of TZoaR whose name occurs six times in this chapter. The associated word TZeiRah — younger— appears four times. In just these few verses, the TZ-R root is used ten times; more than in the rest of Genesis all together. Word clustering is one of the ways that ancient Jewish wisdom unpacks Scripture’s deeper meaning.