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A Time For I

A Time For I

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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.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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Anonymous July 17, 2017

I tried letting go of that I and ended falling in the wrong hands. But then again when I used that I.. I ended creating an earth quick.. Reply

Brenda Toronto, Canada July 17, 2017

From I Time To Our Time I time belongs to this world.
I need to perform my unique earthly activities and use my talents to live here.

More importantly, my I is here on a spiritual mission:
This world gives us time to learn how to enter the spiritual world. How to become part of something bigger than I.
In the spiritual world there is no I.
We all function as one interdependent system . For this system to function harmoniously, I have to cancel my I, my feelings of self-gratification, my negative judgements of others, my repulsion of losing my identity!
Then my corrected non-egoistic 'I' qualities become incorporated in others to produce the divine connection of all our qualities to perform the eternal function that G_d has prepared for all of us. Reply

Cabezudo Qro, Mexico May 29, 2015

An Islamist sect would also fit as an example. The phrase that bites is "... stands in the way of harmony and peace. Every such “I” is the very root and the source of evil." Do we always have to be harmonious and peaceful people? To me, that behaviour resembles an ant colony -every individual is working in perfect harmony and peace. Reply

JackBlack Kiev, Ur 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 Reply

Anonymous 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. Reply

kelilah bakersfield January 25, 2012

Hi Can you please explain? Reply