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If you won't take care of your own needs, how can you expect that others will? To a certain degree we are all dependent on others. If people are given the opportunity to repent for their sins, yet still fail to do so, their negligence is a sin so terrible that it outweighs all the to the books, where it exists as an abstraction! " Still, once the sin has been committed and the temptation assuaged, what justification can there be for not regretting that one has done wrong?
Hence, said Rabbi Yisrael of Salant, the seriousness of a failure to repent.
EFFORT VERSUS RESULTS In Judaism, it is the struggle, not the achievement of a goal, that matters.
Because the final outcome anyway rests in the hands of the Almighty. Except that the one who clocked 30 seconds had developed polio as a child, was unable to walk until he was 14-years-old, and had invested years of painful, grueling exercise until he was finally able to even run the distance.
However, people today generally don't wear a four-cornered garment (except for maybe the occasional poncho).But this focus on external accomplishment implants an intense fear of failure. EVOLUTION AND THE BATTLE FOR SELF-ESTEEM Evolution teaches that a human is simply a sophisticated form of animal, with no more or less intrinsic value than any another creature, be it a cat or a worm.We're afraid that if no one is impressed, what will happen to our self-esteem? Each time Jack parks his Lexus (complete with the supple leather interior), in his driveway, he feels he's "made it." A year later, Jack's model is outdated and the neighbors are no longer impressed. The underlying message is that a human has no inherent source of self-esteem.From the moment one dons the tzitzit, until the end of the day when he takes them off, he is involved in a mitzvah!In this way, the tzitzit provide an anchor to the world of spirituality while going about our daily chores. Add to that the 5 knots and 8 strings on each corner, and you get the number 613, which is the total number of mitzvot in the Torah.