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.

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