Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Quote of the day

La citation du jour

"There are two inclinations: the good inclination and the evil inclination." (Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan I, 49)

Comment: This is an essential element in our relationship with G-d. The human being was created with a good inclination and an evil inclination. This dual identity explains the contradictory ways that we often adopt in this world.

Too often we ignore our dual identity. The consequence of this neglect is disastrous: when the evil inclination attack us to transgress the divine Will, G-d forbid, we believe that the problem lies with us and, ultimately, we might think that we are a "bad servant" of the Creator.

In reality, our true personality - represented by the good inclination - wants one thing: to focus on Hashem. Thus, when we are tempted to do something other than what Heaven wants, it is not "we" who are involved, but our evil inclination. In these situations, we are judged on our genuine desire to want to oppose him. This is the heart of our daily struggle to get closer to the Divine.

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