Parshat Balak: The Way a Person Wants to Go
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The Path You Choose

King Solomon, the wisest of all men who ever walked the face of the earth, said: "A person's foolishness takes him askew, and then his heart fumes at Hashem" (Proverbs 19:3). In other words, people choose courses of action that the Torah strongly discourages or even forbids; then, when their lives go haywire, they blame Hashem.

Hashem doesn't force a person to be righteous or otherwise. Indeed, one will discover that the path of righteousness is much more difficult and obstacle-laden than the path to the opposite. Nobody will stop you from going to a movie or a night club, but you'll get big-time resistance every time you open a Gemara. Accordingly, our sages tell us that there are paths that are rocky at first and smooth at the end (the paths of righteousness) and there are paths that are smooth at first and rocky at the end (the paths of cheap thrills).

Hashem leads a person down the path of his/her own choice, for He clearly sees what every person's heart desires. May we all make good choices always, amen! Blessings for a wonderful Shabbat!


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