Good Inclinations Gone Wild

By Shani Rosenbaum

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, December 2011

Our sages say that while the yetzer ha-ra, evil inclination, enters a person at birth, the yetzer tov, good inclination, comes at the age of bar or bat mitzvah. As children we are primarily concerned with our own needs; as we approach adulthood, we begin to take into account the effects our behavior has on others. This outward-turned perspective is what our sages call the inclination for good. Now in my final year of college - ten years after receiving my own yetzer tov - I am learning the limits of looking outward, learning to balance the needs of my religious community with my own spiritual health.

Topic: Communal Responsibility, Spirituality, Identity Formation

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.685

Page Number(s): 7-8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Rosenbaum, Shani. Good Inclinations Gone Wild. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. December 2011: 7-8. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13435


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