Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hold on one second... and don't get angry

It is written: “Remove anger from your heart.” For the attribute of anger, like pride, must be banished from one’s heart entirely; one must go to the furthest extreme to avoid it.
The fundamental step in avoiding anger must be taken at the outset, because once one begins to become angry, he loses control of his mind and soul.  He does not know what he is doing.  Even when anger would seemingly be justified, one should control himself and not be angry…… If one loses control and expresses anger against someone, he should apologize that same day. (Rebbe Zechariah Mendel of Yarislav zt”l in Darchei Tzedek -- quoted in A Path for Life; p. 166).

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