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How to argue intelligently with the voice of temptation – the kabbalistic approach in dealing with the "yetzer hara."

The Evil Inclination

The Evil Inclination

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Rabbi Manis Friedman, a noted Chassidic philosopher, author and lecturer, is dean of Bais Chanah Women's Institute of Jewish Studies.
Michael Kigel is the producer of Passages and Messages, two weekly television shows entering their eleventh year of broadcast on CTS (Canada). He is also the Dean of the Jewish Leadership Program at the Lauder Business School in Vienna.
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October 14, 2013
Evil inclination
Just saw this.. thank you Rabbi.. awesome stuff Shalom
Cindy
Montana
March 21, 2013
My Life and witnessing the truth of the matter!
I am the youngest son of a Jewish family. My dad stopped taking our family to synagogue after his mother, my grandmother had died since her role was the enforcer. I have witnessed one brother struggle to keep kosher, walk miles to the Chabad House and back and we thought he was strange and needed an identity. He fought his own family to keep his soul. I witnessed another brother have no struggle at all. Now he is facing criminal charges and refuses to admit he is responsible since "he coudn't help himself". Well now I see that my religious brother is a man with an extreme discipline who doesn't need to belong and fit in but only aims to please Hashem. He is not a success by any means but I see he is righteous man. I understand who I am and must keep my devotion and discipline to understand Torah. I asked and elderly man at my first Torah study why he takes time out of his life for study and he said " If we don't, we become passive!
Anonymous
Huntington Beach, CA
February 11, 2013
The Evil Inclination
What about not doing evil because we love Hashem, blessed be He? Since we love him we do not want to sin because we could lose him? Does this behavior appears like one "thinks" that we are holier than others? Or is a true, real feeling of love for Hashem. Evil separates us from our G-d.
Anonymous
July 31, 2012
answering evil
Thank you for the question of applying this teaching to those who are non-jewish. Identity is so important. We all of us need wisdom. we who wish to relate to God need to answer evil correctly. This teaching helps all of us.
Anonymous
0000, ireland
May 31, 2012
Evil Inclination
Evil Inclination is something G-d solves in us, we cannot solve this on our own accord no matter how we look at it. The more we abstain, the worse it gets, the more prideful and self righteous we become. What I have found in my life is that sin falls off like a scab, when G-d changes us, we are changed for ever. When he sets free only then are we free. We cannot say we were set free from bondage because of own effort, we can say however that he sets us free with his mighty hand. We must deal with these things issue by issue and allow G-d to work on us and we will go free of all temptation eventually. If not here then in the afterlife. One way I keep from getting stressed by the subject is to know that G-d is in control of my delivereance, that I am exactly where I should be not one step ahead and not one step behind as his work is a perfect work and I do not try and tell him what to make of me. If he wishes I remain captive I can do nothing to resist this prison,
Dovid Mintz
akron, 44333
March 10, 2011
evil inclination
bless thee Rabbino, for the talk, G-d has show me the light through this talk!
Milton Colaco
Lisboa, Portugal
March 10, 2011
The Evil Inclination
Thanks. I happen to be studying Chapter 8 of Tanya this correlates. I will listen to more of your talks.
Anonymous
Metairie, La
August 30, 2009
To Bertrand, the Christian perspective
What does it mean that you love G-d?
That you identify with H-s needs? That you feel the same way He does about evil?
That is exactly what Rabbi Friedman is saying about identifying your true self with the G-dly soul.
chuna
Brooklyn, NY
December 7, 2008
to Bertrand Challier
I once thought like you - that I never can be good - that nobody is good. But that is false teaching. I have since found the truth and converted to Judaism like Ruth the convert.

We are commanded to be be good. To choose life over death. The Torah has many verses that state how a man can be righteous.
zahava pasternak
Boro Park, NY
ohrhatorahnc.org
October 17, 2008
What about
What about: I shall not sin because G-d loves me and I love Him?
Becasue I love Him I do not want to cause Him pain by being disobedeint.
I never can be good, G-d in me is good and leads me in doing good things.
My Christain perspective.
Bertrand Challier
Salt Lake City, Utah
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