THE CORONA CHALLENGE

It’s very easy to pray when everyone around you is praying.

Its very easy to learn when everyone around you is learning,

Its easy to have shalom bayit (peace at home) when no one is home or just spending 27 minutes a week talking to ones spouse (the average).

Its very easy to educate your children when they are sent to school or yeshiva, except for the tuition costs.

It is very easy to say a beracha when people are watching,

It is very easy to give tzadaka when people are watching.

It is very easy to smile at strangers

OUR CHALLENGE IS:

TO PRAY WITH KAVANA AT HOME;

TO LEARN TORAH AT HOME;

TO MAKE OUR MARRIAGES THRIVE AT HOME ;
TO EDUCATE OUR OWN CHILDREN AND CONNECT WITH THEM  AT HOME;
TO SAY OUR BERACHOT WITH KAVANA  AT HOME;
TO GIVE TZEDAKA IN PRIVATE  AT HOME;
TO SMILE AT OUR SPOUSES AND CHILDREN  AT HOME;

TO DEVELOP OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AT HOME.

THE TWO SIDES OF THE EVIL INCLINATION

The Talmud Brachot 61a quotes a debate between Rav who says that the yetzer hara (evil inclination) is like a fly, and Shemuel who says that the yetzer hara is like wheat, (the Hebrew for wheat is Chitah similar to the Hebrew for sin Chet). Maharal explains that according to Rav the part of humans that inclines to evil is itself degenerate and corrupt and it is therefor attracted to degeneracy and corruption like a fly. Shemuel however opines that which is most fine in a human is perversely attracted to evil and corruption, just as opposite poles attract each other, he therefor likens it to wheat which is especially choice and fine. I think that both opinions are valid the yetzer hara can attract us from both angles the profane and the holy, on the one side to perform base and immoral acts and on the other to act holier that thou religiosity. We need to beware on both sides.