One of the great things about being Jewish is that we can indulge in mishigass. Mishigass is the anecdote to rigidity. Being a fool; and being on the right path. I can now be chastened, like a father that corrects His son. Simply profound Thank you, this came to me at exactly the right time. There is a situation in my life that I have been struggling with, and not wanting to be the one to stand out, I have given in to the improper mode of conduct, but this has reinforced my faith and knowledge that no matter how different or foolish the right thing seems to be, it is just that, the right thing!!!
And if it does seem foolish, that is soecificlky because we just cant understand gods ways. Than k you for sighs clear and consice description of the matter. Shdus D'Kedusha I just learned this ma'amar with a friend of mine a little while ago! So nice to see it explained on chabad.
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Why Being Foolish Can Be Holy
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His lack of inhibition disturbed his colleagues. It is a mitzvah to make a groom and bride happy, but they felt some decorum should be retained. At his funeral, a pillar of fire in the shape of a myrtle branch separated his bier from the people who were escorting him. King David provides another model of uninhibited joy. More prosaically, this is somewhat akin to the way jesters were seen as fools, and were therefore able to tell the truth to the most powerful rulers and dictators without censure.
Holy folly can help us counteract the effects of our negative behavior as well. Talmud, Ketubot 17a. Talmud, Sotah 3a. Tanya, ch. By Gitty Stolik. Gitty Stolik is a mother and grandmother living in Brooklyn. She is the author of It's OK to Laugh and the editor of Our Vogue , a publication dedicated to highlighting the beauty of Jewish modesty from Torah and chassidic sources. Sefira Ross is a freelance designer and illustrator whose original creations grace many Chabad. Residing in Seattle, Washington, her days are spent between multitasking illustrations and being a mom.
If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with Chabad. Happiness as a Process. You may also be interested in The Jewish Month of Shevat. Shevat: Rectifying Our Eating Patterns. On the first day of Shevat, Moses had the Torah translated into the seventy primary languages of the world. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like.
We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.
For the giving man to withhold helping someone in order to first assure personal fortification is not selfish, but to elude needless self-destruction; martyrdom is only practical when the thought is to die, else a good man faces the consequence of digging a hole from which he cannot escape, and truly helps no one in the long run. In and of itself, learning teaches you how foolish you are. He gathers it up like water, but like water it runs between his fingers, and yet, if his hands be but wet as though with dew, behold a generation of fools call out, 'See, he is a wise man!
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