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January 11, 2017 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Vayhi

In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob blesses his children- but he doesn’t really bless Simeon and Levi, instead rebuking their anger.

Miller writes that “Jacob did not bless Simeon and Levi because they were from the side of gevurah (severity) and if these forces would be intensified the world could not endure them… What parts of your personality come from Gevurah?  Can your world endure them?”

After watching lots of aggressive political arguments on Twitter and Facebook (and in the broader media) over the past year, it seems to me that argumentativeness in these matters can certainly be severe.   I have tried to be a little less severe than I would have been a few years ago.

Interestingly, I noticed one politician who seemed to have worked on this characteristic.  Gov. Kasich, who I voted for, had a reputation as being, to put it charitably, a bit aggressive. (I can’t seem to copy and paste to this computer, but just google “kasic state trooper” for an example).  But he ran a very l0w-key, positive campaign; perhaps he sensed that gevurah was an issue for him (though I’m sure he’s never heard of the word).

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