The Insidious Power of Ridicule

Shiur #87 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: The danger of ridicule. Rebelliousness has no natural brake, and it therefore leads to rebellion against Hashem. Leitsanus is the starting point for spiritual decline. Cynicism and satire cause one to gradually lose one’s ability to relate to Hashem altogether.   Sarcasm and the complete loss of innocence undermine one’s ability to pray. Discussion of psychological self-defense mechanisms that we employ when meeting those who we don’t want to be like – the ill and the impoverished. Insights into humility and pride.   The importance of having a hopeful, positive outlook.

Citations: This shiur references Tsidkas HaTsadik, 264th os, found in the source packets on page 1, and Teshuvos Igros Moshe, Yoreh De’ah, 2nd chelek, siman 53, found in the source packets on pages 1-3.

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