Often, the value of ometz is paired with the word lev, heart.  This suggests that this value is less about acts of courage, but about who we are within and what we believe in.  When we fully put our hearts into something, we can have the courage to persevere and overcome our fears.   

Zechariah 4:6 states, “Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit alone, said the Eternal One.”  Here, during the time of the prophets, a distinction is made between might and power and courage.  It suggests that living by G-d’s spirit is different from might and power.  Having a connection to G-d, then, can be a source of strength.

Ometz, or ometz lev, is about not being fearful, finding the will within ourselves to face our fears, demonstrate a willingness to turn to G-d in trust and faith, and believing that we can get through tough times.  As such, real courage is having the endurance, persistence, and strength it takes to be faithful and also be a good person.  

As described, courage plays a role in our relationships with other people, ourselves, and G-d.  Part of courage between people is about using our strength to pull others up and not push or keep them down.  But there is also a different kind of courage--the courage to be in control of one’s self and become the best person we can become.  In addition, courage is supported by trust and faith in G-d.  In doing so, we can overcome our fears and live righteously.

Questions for Reflection:

1. Do you look to G-d as a source of strength and courage?  Why or why not?

2. How do you find the inner strength to achieve something you are passionate about?

3. What can you do to stand up for a particular cause or stand up for others?

4. How can the value of ometz be used within your classroom?

Always try hard and do your best.