שלום בשערך - Peace in Your Gates

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Why Getting Angry is Compared to Worshipping Idols
"Our Sages state[9] that a person who loses his temper is considered as if he worshipped idols. What is the connection between losing one's temper and idol worship?

Losing one's temper is obviously undesirable. It reflects a lack of self-control; it is socially unacceptable; but how is it connected to idol worship? The answer is that when a person loses his temper, he, in essence, is denying that what has occurred is coming from G-d. If he believed that everything that happens comes from G-d, that G-d is good and whatever G-d does is good, there is no room for losing one's temper, just as there is no room for depression and sadness."

[9] Zohar, Vol. I, p. 27b, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos De'os 2:3; cf. Nedarim 22b. See also Tanya, Iggeres HaKodesh, Epistle 25. (Source: "Chassidic Approach to Joy")

I guess the idea here is if a person really felt the Ribbono shel Olam was running the show and things are not to my liking who am I to 'schray' about them and lose my temper, b/c doing so is k'elu as if I'm denying the concept of Hashem's hashgacha...

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