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Passionate Frogs

Thursday, 15 January, 2015 - 11:55 am

Guest Article Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman, Chabad Intown! Atlanta GA

 

Should you be excited or dispassionate?  Should you give it a cold shoulder or should you embrace?  Of course the answer depends on what it is that we are excited and embracing or dispassionate and cold towards.

When it comes to matters of importance, values, holy things, we should be passionate.  When it comes to materialistic things, that are necessities, we should be dispassionate.

When you have a fire burning in areas that we ought to be cold towards, we need a splash of coldness to cool it down.  When we see fire in the world for superficiality and meaningless pursuits, it is instructive towards us to increase our coldness towards those things, while at the same time replacing our passions for holy and meaningful pursuits.

The cold blooded frogs jumped into the unholy passionate Egyptian oven and at the same time, the Midrash and Chasidic teachings tell us, the frogs demonstrated self-sacrifice in order to cool the unholiness of Egypt.  

If frogs can pull that off, we surely can emulate them.

Ribbit!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman

 

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