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There are times to bend like a reed in the wind.
And there are times to act as a stubborn wall against the tide.

There are things that lie at the periphery of life. Then every “I hold like this” and “my opinion is . . .” stands in the way of harmony and peace. Every such “I” is the very root and source of evil.

But when it comes to matters that touch the purpose for which you were placed in this world, that’s when you have to be that immovable wall. That’s when you have to say, “On this, I‘m not going to budge.”

That “I,” that’s not evil. That‘s an “I” fulfilling the purpose for which you were given an “I.”

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 22, pp. 159–163; Behar–Bechukotai 5737:34.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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January 25, 2012
Confidence Issues
This exercise seems to be very easy, but: where do we go to be sure? It seems that effort leads to somewhere "btwn a rock and a hard place". Hopefully we don't get squashed
Kiev, Ur
January 25, 2012
incitement versus essence
i just recently read that the yetzer hora ( evil inclination has two aspects:

The first is incitement, a habit which must be destroyed. It can be as important as say doing cocaine or awaking an going back to sleep cozily rather than going to a yeshiva class. Such incitements of the mind must be destroyed.

The second aspect, essence, is to transform the habit into something good/G-dly. Instead of cocaine, do charity. Instead of sleeping in , go to the Torah class.

I am thinking that the Daily dose is getting at this point. Incitement is to boast about the ego , look at me. Destroy that aspect. By virtue of the second aspect, essence, change boastfulness to humbleness or to pride as in proud to be a Jew.

The title could be I versus i. Don't put your ego ahead of all else.
January 25, 2012
Can you please explain?