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    I was just faced with a huge nisayon. I told myself that I would be able to do the right thing and I went into the situation expecting to overcome my yeitzer hara but… I gave in a little bit. So do I get partial credit? Cuz I passed the test but I kind of cheated.


    I’m gonna say yes. When you get one part of a test wrong does that mean you failed? Hashem created humans, not angels, and He doesn’t expect us to do more than we can. Your best is perfect.



    No, your best is not perfect. One can and should always strive to do even better the next time similarly challenged.

    But even if less than perfect, it is noted and rewarded. Ein HKBH mekapeach schar kol beryah.

    A Heimishe Mom

    If we didn’t get partial credit we would all be miserable failures. HaShem is a Baal Rachamim. A one hour machsom l’fi is rewarded, even if we aren’t perfect the rest of the day.


    My teacher doesn’t give partial credit.

    Oh well, I guess she’s not Hashem.

    sem graduate

    You get credit for trying…. for now, you did the most you were able to and you’ll get credit. Hopefully next time, you’ll be able to do it without “cheating”. Everything is relative to where you’re coming from.

    An example I once heard: if you have someone who watches a movie a day, and then goes down to watching 3 a week – he’s great, and will be rewarded for cutting down. But if someone never watched anything and starts watching 3 a week… that’s a problem. It’s all relative.

    You need to know where you were before the nisayon, if you could have done it without cheating, etc.

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