Rav Shai's "Torah on the Grow"
September 12, 2019 / 12 Elul 5779
Apologies without Borders
When we err, an all too predictable defense mechanism is to cut ourselves slack and rationalize our misbehavior. Jean Paul Sartre suggested that our capacity for rationalization is infinite. Given that the best defense is offense, our capacity for self-righteous indignation might be infinite, too. No wonder it's so tough to admit we're wrong and apologize!
The problem arises on the other side of the rope. You're the one who needs slack from the person you've offended, but you're only feeling their tug of resistance. Your instinct is to meet their tug with equal and opposite force. That's when the rope frays.
Rav Shai Cherry
דרוש וקבל שכר
D'rosh v'kabel sahar
Recontextualize and receive reward
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