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Visitor Comments: 13

(11) Daniel Sheinfeld, November 27, 2012 4:17 PM

Great take away message. It is very hard to decipher whether we are rationalizing or making a logical decision. I think we have to set clear principles and then create clear (like someone said before) guardrails or fences. We must stand by these principles and not compromise them. I think we make too many decisions "under fire" or with emotion. We have to learn to calm down and think clearly.

(10) Jim Ernst, November 25, 2012 4:28 PM


There are thousands of hearing loss out there would love to hear you sharing the Kabbalah. I cant understand you nor read your lip. Please add the subtitle before I donate the funds. Thank you....Jim

(9) Deborah, November 23, 2012 6:13 PM

Rationalizations aren't possible if we set up guardrails.

If we all put guardrails in place in our lives, well before we enter dangerous territory, we are so much less likely to avoid the ditch on the other side. The problem is we wait until we get on a dangerous path and then we begin the art of rationalizing. Guard your heart and minds, the words of the writer of the book of Hebrews. No matter your faith, we all must realize temptations are big and many. If we don't place guardrails around the different arenas of our lives, we ALL carry the very great burden of venturing off the curvy road called life right into a ditch of immorality. Where have you placed guardrails: I will not be alone with someone of the opposite sex, I will not purchase something on credit, I will not make business decisions without sharing with someone outside my business and listening to their advice, I will have an accountability partner. Guardrails extend into every arena of our lives - or should.

(8) Sanford J. Goodman, November 21, 2012 5:11 AM

I thought I would always get away with going over the speed limit

On the night of October 23rd-24th this year my wife, Chana, & I were driving from Dallas TX to Houston (TX). As the clock stuck midnight Chana sang "happy birthday" to me. Then one minute later there was a vehicle with flashing blue, red, and white lights pulling me over. Sure enough I got a magnificent birthday gift from the state of Texas—my first speeding ticket in 34 years! The state trooper told me that he clocked me at 83 mph in a 75 mph zone. This is only 8 miles over the speed limit! Usually the police give motorists a 10 mph leeway. The reality was that I went into the left hand lane and was passing up all the vehicles on the right. I think that if I had been just keeping up with traffic I would not have been pulled over. As we continued the trip I maintained 80 mph which was only 5 miles over the limit. Mind you, this is not the first time I exceeded the speed limit; it's the first time I had been CAUGHT in 34 years! For 34 years I rationalized the following way: (1) everyone else goes over the limit. (2) The police are looking for those going 15, 20, 25, and 30 over the limit. I'm just small potatoes. Well this time my luck ran out. Sandy Goodman, Dallas Texas P.S. The 3 biggest lies: (1) The check's in the mail (2) I'm from the IRS and I'm here to help you, (3) Officer, this is my first time speeding.

(7) Randy, November 20, 2012 7:20 PM

Respectfully disagree

Although a goyim, I LOVE And visit it frequently. Regarding Rabbi Salomon's perspective concerning the General's moral failure, I would respectfully suggest that that is the secondary cause, and that the primary cause is that age old problem, PRIDE! This issue is frequently addressed Proverbs and has been the source of fall of many "mighty" men, including one who was a mighty warrior and later a great king!

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