Teachings of the Sages 16th Shevat 5770

Two Tzadiks

ON AVOIDING SELF-DECEPTION

R’ Raphael said: “The Sages teach that the greatest labor of man should be to avoid self-deceit. But how can a man do so when he is deceived and believes his action to be right? By obeying the counsel of his friend, since his friend cannot profit by permitting the deceit to continue. We are also taught that he who labors for truth creates for himself an Angel of Truth who acts as a monitor to warn him of falsehood”.*
*Midrash Pinhas, p. 49 (A), cited in The Hasidic Anthology: Tales and Teachings of the Hasidim, by Louis I. Newman, pp. 491-492. Reprinted with permission of Ann Newman (B)

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