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Terror and Truth: The Two "Temanim"

By Rabbi Lazer Brody
8/23/2010, 12:00 AM

people are equally scared of truth as they are of terror...
It's amazing the way The Almighty maintains a perfect balance of good and evil in the world, in order to allow each of us free choice. As the Ramcha"l writes in the first chapter of Derech Hashem, outside the context of free choice, the notion of reward and punishment is meaningless.

Two men of Yemenite origin cause the entire world to tremble at about 9.3 on the seismographic fear scale. Yet, to keep the world in spiritual balance, one is the epitome of evil while the other is the symbol of righteousness. Who are they?

Excuse the juxtaposition, but the evil one is the icon of terror, Osama Bin Ladin, whose goal is to destroy the world. The other is my esteemed friend Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak, the icon of truth, who's trying to save the world from destruction.

As it turns out, people are equally scared of truth as they are of terror. Why? If you acknowledge truth, that the world is not a random happenstance creation and that there is an all-powerful spiritual force who not only created but continues to sustain each and every creation, you simply have to clean up your act in life. Millions of people are terrified at Teshuva, the idea of morally and spiritually cleaning themselves up. By the way, their evil inclinations and Bin Ladin both play for the same dark-side team. The only bigger terrorist than Bin Ladin is one's own evil inclination.

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Now, with Lazer Beams on the air every week here at Israel National Radio, you don't have to be afraid of truth any longer. Join us Tuesday evening, August 24, 2010 at 10 PM (Israel) for "A Teshuva Melody," to see how fulfilling and joyous real teshuva is. Teshuva and emuna will fill your heart with song always.

Take advantage of your commuting time, and listen to Emuna CDs on the way to work. Emuna not only strengthens your soul, but is a phenominal income enhancer.