Rabbi Yeruchem Levovitz used to say, "Who is the righteous person and who is the evil person? Many people think the righteous person is one who does not transgress, and the evil person is one who constantly transgresses. But even the very righteous also transgress and even the very wicked perform good deeds.
"The essential difference between the two is that the righteous person tries to overcome his desire to do wrong, while the evil person does not."
(Alai Shur, vol.1, p.186; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.222)
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