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Next to life itself, G-d’s greatest gift to us is the free will to direct that life. Our Torah Portion, Re’eh, quotes G-d: “I have set before you blessing and curse, choose blessing.” In this invitation to choose lies the meaning of our earthly career.
Today, everyone is a victim and circumstances are always responsible for our bad decisions and actions. Individuals blame society, a painful childhood, economic privation, and peers who seduce us. Nations blame colonialism, imperialism, globalization, and shady forces. As a lyric in West Side Story had it: “Gee, officer Krupke, we're very upset; we never had the love that every child oughta get. We ain't no delinquents, we're misunderstood. Deep down inside us there is good!” The writer of Psychiatric Folk Song reveals: “At three I had a feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers; and so it follows naturally I poisoned all my lovers. But now I’m happy for learning the lesson this has taught; that everything I do that’s wrong is someone else’s fault.” The only people who did not blame their parents for at least part of their difficulties were Adam and Eve, and the only President who did not blame the previous administration for America’s troubles was George Washington.
The Talmud validates this universal foible: “Eyn adam ma’asim atzmo rasha,” we refuse to see ourselves negatively.
To err is human, to blame others even more so. We tend to locate the source of our troubles “out there.” “He,” “she,” “it,” or better yet, “they” cause our misfortune. We are victims, manipulated by others, captured in their intrigues.
If we want to cast out some of the darkness in this world, it is best to cast some light on the personal shadows of our character. Whenever we feel the urge to blame, it is time to see if we can look in the mirror without flinching.
One day, we will be summoned before the Heavenly Court to render Din v’Cheshbon, an account for what we did, what we failed to do, and why. Do you think we will be allowed to point a finger at the person next to us in line or indict forces we cannot even see beyond the clouds?
There are times when people and circumstances contribute to our problems. But it is we and we alone who must take responsibility for our own lives, what they have become and, most important, what they can be. Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Miller
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