Parshios Netzavim & Vayeilech
The Spiritual Environment
"I can't believe that you spent so much time watching that wrestling
show!! You always were so frustrated because it was so dumb and phony!!"
"After I watched it with the gang a few times, I guess it became
Hashem tell Moshe and Bnai Yisrael that after we enter Israel "You will
have seen their (the nations in the land of Israel) abominable things,
their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold... and some of you who will
serve the gods of these nations..." (Divorim 29:16-17) If we thought
that they were "abominable", why would any Jew eventually worship it? The
Brisker Rav said that this is the result of familiarity. First you think
it is abominable, then it's an idol, then it seems like wood and stone,
and ultimately you think it's silver and gold!! Never think that you
aren't affected by your environment and by what you see!!
Even though subtle advertising taught you that your whole toothbrush needs
to be filled with toothpaste, a pea's worth is sufficient !!
Have a great Shabbos !!
Rabbi Chaim Flom