Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Unacceptable Asceticism


"A bad form of asceticism is one in which a person will not only refrain from unnecessary material things, but even from those material things which are necessary.

"They will pain themselves with suffering and strange activities, for which Gd has no desire. Just the opposite, the Sages taught (Taanit 22), 'It is prohibited to cause pain to one's self!'"

(R' Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, Path of the Just, Chapter 13)

Have a great day,

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