The Rambam, one of our greatest mystics and codifiers of Jewish law, if not the greatest, writes that in all attitudes a person (apart from anger and arrogance) should always take the middle of the road.   Too stingy or too spendthrift, too nice or to strict, too generous or too tightfisted are all recipes for disaster.   Nowhere do we see this more than in todays political climate; the world consists of two kinds of people, generally speaking, live and let live and my way or the highway people.   I recall a conversation in which my father was proud of my sister who told a radical on one end of a spectrum who was busy cursing out the other end of the spectrum “you are just as crazy as they are,” for he said the Talmud the repository of ancient Jewish wisdom law and lore states yediois haktzavois achas heinah knowledge of extremes and extremism is one, for both sides of the fence are simply terrorists, dictators and my way or the highway people.   Peace loving people, unifying and live and let live people are the normal people.

The bottom line is the following, the human animal is basically very noble, however is tested by instincts that are both narcissistic and selfish. The height of evil is our pride, for when we feel slighted our ability to react evilly is heightened. To overcome perceived fronts we need to quite simply do the following five things: 1. We must thank God for all our blessings every morning 2. We must trust that everything that happens is designed by the master programmer of reality, from the mosquito biting us, to someone shaming us – as King David said to his general Yoav who wanted to kill Shimy ben Geirah for cursing out the king, “leave him, for God told him to curse,” though God did not commanded Shimy to curse, nonetheless God orchestrates all events, so why get upset 3. Every night before we go to sleep we must truly forgive anyone for anything they may have harmed us – in this way we release the poison of resentment nightly 4. We must have a higher purpose to our lives – as the famous Chassidic teaching, empty vessels attracts mould – if we do not dedicate our heart, lives, minds and actions, to higher purposes we are by default inviting lower moldy bacterial viruses into our consciousness  – one need not look very far these days to see these viruses only too glad to infiltrate our consciousness, destroying our happiness and certainly our meaningfulness 5. We must realize that life consists of three basic stages: God’s desiring to elevate us; the process of refinement; and the messianic era after such time when we have refined ourselves; hence everything we do is not only of personal but global significance.

    What does it mean when we see Hillary Clinton condemning the republicans for trying to keep accountability by terrorist regimes, murderers as well as antisemitic despots from receiving our money, the answer is simple    to the radical left, all they truly care about is their own power.

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