Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"Eight Chapters"

Chapter Three (Part 3)

Now, many otherwise fine and unimpeachable people are fools, the truth be known. They suspect that something about them is in disrepair and doesn't square with who they want to be, but they do nothing about it. They even rationalize how actually *right* they are not to change, and they're satisfied with that. For as Solomon the wise put it, "The fool’s ways are blameless in his own eyes" (Proverbs 12:15).

"But ...", Solomon then offers, no matter how true that is, it's nonetheless also true that, " ... one who takes counsel is a sage" (ibid.). That's to say that there's indeed a way a headstrong person like that can change -- by taking any advice the sort of Spirit-healer we'd cited before would offer him.

Impartial, learned, and caring only for your well-being, such a person would set you straight if you're in that situation. He or she would point out where and how you had in fact come to "imagine bad ... to be good, and good ... to be bad", and would offer what you'd need to do to get back on course.

And that's just the sort of advice Rambam himself will provide us with in the next pivotal chapter.


Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON TOLDOS:

View Complete List

Two People, Two Views, Two Worlds
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

With Those Eyes He Smelled
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Eretz Yisrael: Land of Mitzvos
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Running Out Of Womb
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

Butter Battles
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Old and Improved
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Mystery of the Wells
Shlomo Katz - 5766

A Time to pray and A Time to Laugh
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

People Only Contemplate Life When Dying
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

ArtScroll

What He is, Not What He's Done
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Choose a Direction
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Prayer and Domestic Tranquility Are The Secrets To Raising Good Children
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

> Proud of Each Other
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Newer Than News
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

How About Them Apples?
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

The Tragic Flaw of Brother Esau
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information