Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Embarrassment, as punishment


Note for the following thought: The words shame, embarrassment and humiliation are loaded words, both culturally and personally. I use "shame" in the translation here because it's the dictionary definition of the Hebrew, but I'm not sure that I would understand it in its American sense in the following lines.

"The Midrash (Yalkut on Tehillim 6) says: 'Gd only curses the wicked by shaming them for their deeds, as it is written, 'They will be greatly shamed and upset.'

"This is because there is greater benefit and educational rebuke in feeling ashamed than in other forms of punishment."

(R' Chaim Shmuelevitz, Sichot Mussar, Miketz 5732)

Have a great day,

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