A Rebbe Is Like a Father

A final point from last week’s Parsha worth mentioning. The Pasuk says, ואלה תולדות אהרון ומשה, “And these are the generations of Aharon and Moshe.” The Torah proceeds to discuss the sons of Aharon.

The Gemara asks why Aharon’s children were attributed to Moshe, when he was their uncle and not their father.

An important principle is learned here about the relationship between a Rebbe and his students. We learn from here that one who teaches Torah to his students is as if he gave birth to them.

Put simply, your father brings you into this world, and your Rebbe brings you into the next world. This explains why a good and devoted teacher, views his students like his children.