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Can it be Good to be Cruel?
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The characteristic of cruelty exists within everyone.  Natural maturation often facilitates cruel teenagers graduating into more sensitive adults.  Discussion of apparently kind acts which are actually cruel.  Overcoming addictions requires showing self-cruelty to be successful.  Permission to ignore responsibilities towards my parents and children to further the family’s limud HaTorah is actually the license to invoke bitachon for others. Citations:  This shiur cites Orchos Tzadikim sha’ar Achzariyus and Klei Yakar Devarim […]
Does Serious Torah Learning Entail Selfishness?
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Life lessons from the ant.  Zerizus without confusion. Importance of learning the horizontal breadth of Torah as preparation for being able to plumb the vertical depths of Torah. Prioritizing learning over caring for one’s family.  Contradictory statements about the propriety of deflecting one’s home-based responsibilities for the sake of learning. Citations: Aside from the commentaries on Mishlei, […]