We all need to deal with the unknown. It's just a matter of degree. When we wake up in the morning, it's impossible to know how the day will turn out. True, some people's lives are more routine than others, but even they are facing the unknown.
View making major moves as a courage-development seminar. This applies when you change schools, change jobs, move to a new location, and everything similar.
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The yetzer hara] is an old, foolish king (cf. Ecclesiastes 4:13).
The Rabbi of Rhizin was imprisoned by the Czarist government. He said that until his imprisonment he never fully understood the above description of the yetzer hara, the evil inclination within people. "A king, yes," he observed, "because he rules over so many people. Old, yes, because he is as old as creation. But why `foolish'? He seems to be very sly and cunning.
"When I was in prison, however, I found that the yetzer hara was there with me too. Now, I had no choice about being in prison, because gendarmes took me there at gunpoint. But no one forced the yetzer hara, and if he came there of his own free will, he is indeed a fool."
We must be aware that the yetzer hara never leaves people but will follow them into the most undesirable circumstances. People may be gravely ill and in pain, hardly a desirable condition, but the yetzer hara will stay with them. Soldiers may be at the battlefront under mortal fire, yet there too, the yetzer hara will accompany them.
The yetzer hara has his assignment and does not take "no" for an answer. He never leaves his post, even under the most dire circumstances. In this respect, he should serve as a model for us, that we too should never defect from an assignment, regardless of adverse conditions.
Today I shall ... ... dedicate myself to doing my assignment irrespective of what circumstances may be.
As King Salomon said: There is nothing new under the sun.
Even If Kavanaugh Is Guilty… By Dennis Prager - 18 Tishri 5779 – September 26, 2018
It is almost impossible to overstate the damage done to America's moral compass by taking the charges leveled against Judge Brett Kavanaugh seriously. It undermines foundational moral principles of any decent society.
Those who claim the charges against Judge Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford are important and worth investigating, and that they ultimately – if believed – invalidate his candidacy for the U.S. Supreme Court are stating that:
What a middle-aged adult did in high school is all we need to know to evaluate an individual's character – even when his entire adult life has been impeccable.
No matter how good and moral a life one has led for 10, 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years, it is nullified by a sin committed as a teenager.
No decent – or rational – society has ever believed such nihilistic nonsense. This is another example of the moral chaos sown by secularism and the left. In any society rooted in Judeo-Christian values, it is understood that people should be morally assessed based on how they behave over the course of their lifetime – early behavior being the least important period in making such an assessment.
These religious values teach us that all of us are sinners and, therefore, with the exception of those who have engaged in true evil, we need to be very careful in making moral evaluations of human beings.
And, of course, we are taught to extend forgiveness when people demonstrate through their actions that they have changed. As a well-known ancient Jewish adage put it: "Where the penitent stands, the most righteous cannot stand." In other words, the highest moral achievement is moral improvement.
Perhaps the most important principle, though, violated by taking this 36-year-old charge seriously is the principle of the moral bank account. Every one of us has a moral bank account. Our good deeds are deposits, and our bad deeds are withdrawals.
We therefore assess a person the same way we assess our bank account. If our good actions outweigh our bad actions, we are morally in the black; if our bad actions greatly outweigh our good actions, we are morally in the red.
By all accounts – literally all – Brett Kavanaugh's moral bank account is way in the black. He has led a life of decency, integrity, commitment to family, and commitment to community that few Americans can match. On these grounds alone, the charges against him as a teenager should be ignored.
So, why is this charge taken seriously? One reason is, as I recently wrote, the greatest fear in America is fear of the left – the fear of what the left will do to you if you cross it. Not fear of God. Not fear of doing wrong. Fear of the left. Offend the left and you will lose your reputation and, quite often, your job or your business.
Another reason is pure, amoral, demagogic politics. No honest American of any political persuasion believes that if a woman were to charge a Democrat-appointed judge such as Merrick Garland with doing to her 36 years ago in high school what Brett Kavanaugh is charged with having done 36 years ago in high school, the Democratic Party and the media would be demanding the confirmation vote be delayed or the candidate withdraw.
A third reason is feminism's weakening of the American female (and male, but that is another story). A generation ago, a drunk teenager at a party trying to act inappropriately with a girl would not have been defended or countenanced. But it would not have been deemed as inducing post-traumatic stress disorder either.
This weakening of the female is perfectly illustrated by the statement released by Susanna Jones, head of Holton-Arms School, the private preparatory school for girls in Bethesda, Maryland, that the accuser attended. "As a school that empowers women to use their voices, we are proud of this alumna for using hers," Jones said.
"Empowers women"? Please. Nearly every woman over puberty has experienced a man trying to act inappropriately with her. My mother had this experience with a physician. She told my father about it. My father told the physician that if he acted in that fashion again, he would break his hands. And it remained a family folk tale.
If you had told my mother she was a "survivor," she would have wondered what you were talking about. The term was reserved for people who survived Nazi concentration camps, Japanese prisoner of war camps, and cancer survivors, not women who encountered immoral men.
When my wife was a waitress in her mid-teens, the manager of her restaurant tried to act inappropriately with her. She told him to buzz off, figured out how to avoid being in places where they were alone and continued going about her job. That's empowerment.
In sum, I am not interested in whether Mrs. Ford, an anti-Trump activist, is telling the truth. Because even if true, what happened to her was clearly wrong, but it tells us nothing about Brett Kavanaugh since the age of 17.
But for the record, I don't believe her story. Aside from too many missing details – most women remember virtually everything about the circumstances of an assault of this nature no matter how long ago – few men do what she charges Kavanaugh with having done only one time. Yet, no other woman has ever charged Kavanaugh with misconduct of this nature.
If this derailment effort succeeds, do not be surprised if a future Republican candidate for office or judicial nominee, no matter how exemplary a life he has led, is accused of inappropriate conduct – from when he was in elementary school.
In 1912, the RMS Titanic sank after crashing into an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The Titanic was the largest passenger and most luxurious steamship in the world at the time, accommodating over 2,000 passengers. Promoters bragged that it was "the ship that even God couldn't sink." The sinking resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, ranking it as one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history, and by far the most famous. Here is a unique Jewish angle: As the ship began to sink, and passengers struggled for one of the few spots in a lifeboat, Leah Aks carried her baby Frank to the deck, trying to get on line to be rescued. In the pandemonium, one man grabbed Leah's baby and threw him overboard into a lifeboat. Leah was hysterical at having lost her precious baby, but she also managed to get into a lifeboat and was saved. Two days later, she saw a woman holding a child -- her baby Frank! An argument ensued and the other woman refused to give up the baby, claiming it as her own. Leah said, "I can prove this is my child -- he is circumcised." (In Europe at that time only Jewish children were circumcised.) Baby Frank was duly reunited with his mother – and he lived till 1991.
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In 1945, U.S. soldiers liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp. Although not technically an extermination camp (prisoners were used as slave labor in local armament factories), mass killings took place at Buchenwald, and many inmates died in the course of gruesome medical experiments. Elie Wiesel, who went on to write stirring accounts of the Holocaust, for which he earned the Nobel Peace Prize, was an inmate at Buchenwald. Toward the end of the war, the Nazis evacuated inmates from Buchenwald to Flossenberg, where they were liberated.
The rational mind can rule over the heart (Tanya ch. 12).
Two hundred years ago, Rabbi Schneur Zalman stated this fundamental principle: our minds can control our emotions. When people do not use their minds to their full capacity, their emotions take charge.
Anxiety is one of the most frequent symptoms that bring people to the psychotherapist's office. It is defined as a feeling of intense fear that occurs in complete absence of any actual threat. Anxious people readily admit that the fear is groundless, yet emotionally they cannot subdue it.
A method of treatment of anxiety, known as "Mental Health Through Will Training," was developed by Dr. Abraham Low. His system strengthens people's rational capacity in order to master their runaway emotions. While some types of anxiety come from biochemical causes, and therefore require medical treatment, his method has proven itself to be an effective approach to conquering anxiety.
Too often, people resign themselves to a state of helplessness and allow themselves to be overwhelmed by stressful emotions. We ought to have greater respect for and confidence in our rational power.
Today I shall ... ...
realize that my rational mind is far more powerful than I had assumed, and I will seek ways to develop it to its full capacity.
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