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Don't Sabotage Yourself



“The earth brought forth…trees…” (Genesis 1:12).


The Midrash (Breishis Rabbah 5:9) tells us that when iron was created, the trees began to panic, fearing that the sharp blade of an axe could destroy them. G-d reassured them: If you won’t allow your wood to be used for the axe handle, the blade itself can do you no harm! Of course the message for us is to avoid sabotaging ourselves in life, as we are often our own worst enemies.


By Rabbi Michael Skobac

 

Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Skobac's publications include Missionary Impossible; Counter-Missionary Survival Guide; The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspetive; and Intermarriage: Is There Ligth at teh End of the Tunnel?

 

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