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July 15, 2000 - 11 TAMUZ 5760
The Chicago Torah Network
SAID TO THEM: LISTEN TO ME YOU REBELS
One of the greatest people of all time. Put yourself in his
shoes. He had an extremely difficult job. Leading an entire
nation. Through the desert. And of all people? The Jews. Not
an ďeasyĒ people to begin with! They complain to him again
and again. And after many years, he finally loses control.
Gets angry. Lashes out at them. Could we blame him? Probably
the Torah does. It tells us that by getting angry, Moses
sinned. A big sin. Because in Jewish tradition, almost nothing
is as bad as losing your temper.
it: Itís been one of those days! Nothingís gone right.
Youíre tense. Canít wait to get home and unwind. Youíre
stuck at a red light. And the car behind you taps your car.
a very light tap. And you ignore it. It can happen to anyone.
Then it happens again. A little harder. And youíre getting
irritated. And before you can do anything, you see the car
back up. And hit you again.
blood is starting to boil. And then he does it again! And you
lose it! You jump out.
me at him! Iíll ...Ē
you see the driver of the other car get out. Six foot five
inches tall. Walking towards you. Waving a baseball bat. And
what do you do? Probably say something like: ďOh. Iím
sorry. Was I in your way?Ē And you get back into your car.
And get out of there as fast as you can.
was pretty amazing self control. Just a minute ago you were
ready to kill the guy. What happened?
answer: It became crystal clear to you. That being angry was
not in your best interest. Thatís all it took.
something to think about, to remember the next time something
gets to us. Anger is almost never in our best interest.
OF THE WEEK
use to worry about not losing an argument. Until I realized
that there was something more important to worry about. Not
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