May 29, 2011 4:44 pm at 4:44 pm #597143
I’m doing a huge koheles report on yetzer harah/yetzer tov. Besides for the actual whole report i need poems, articles, or essays pertaining to these topics. If anyone has anything that has anything to do with this or just a good phrase or quote bout yh & yt please post im really desperate!!!!! Thanx in advance!
>O<613May 29, 2011 5:00 pm at 5:00 pm #772260ZeesKiteParticipant
If only I knew what a Yetzer Tov is…May 29, 2011 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #772261
This is a VERY serious issue!
>O<613May 29, 2011 6:00 pm at 6:00 pm #772262aries2756Participant
Unfortunately we see in the papers and online how people succumb to yetzer horah all the time. There is the issue of greed, molestation, abuse, cheating on spouses, cheating on tax returns, lying, reneging on obligations, not controlling one’s anger, etc….
The battle rages on every single day.May 29, 2011 6:16 pm at 6:16 pm #772263Sister BearMember
heres my favorite one of the yetzer harah:
Letter of Truth:
To my star pupil,
I am writing this letter to let you know what I think of you. Up here in heaven things are not like they are down on Earth. Over there, people only know what they can see. If they see a person is “successful”, they think that he is the greatest guy. When they see somebody struggling, they think he might be one of the weaker elements.
Let me tell you something. Hashem gives every person certain abilities that nobody knows about down where you live. Some people are capable of tremendous things, while others were put there for much smaller purposes. Only Hashem in His infinite wisdom is able to give every person exactly what he needs, to reach his potential.
I am very misunderstood. Most people hate me, and I don’t really blame them. Most people think that my job is to make sure that they fail in all aspects of Mitzvos, and that I rejoice every time they sin. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Did you ever watch a boxing coach train his student? It is really a funny sight. The coach will put on gloves, and fight against his student. At first, he won’t hit him so hard, or throw his best punches. But, as the student gets better and better, the coach will start to fight him harder and harder. He does this so that the student will improve his skills, and become the best boxer he can be. This is where it gets strange. Every time the coach knocks down the student, the student gets yelled at!! But finally, when the coach threw everything he has at his student, and not only does he withstand the beating, but he knocks the coach down, there is nobody in the world happier then the coach himself!
This is exactly how I feel. If you fail right away, and don’t even try to fight back, I see that there is not much talent to work with, and so I take it easy on you. But if you get back up swinging, I realize that I may have a real winner here, and so I start to intensify the beating. With every level that you go up, I increase the intensity of the fight. If you finally deal me a blow that knocks me out, I will get up and embrace you and rejoice with your success.
Sometimes my job is very disappointing I see a person with a lot of potential and I start right in on him. He fights back for a while, but when the fight gets too tough, he quits and just remains on whatever level he was on. (And he usually ends up going down!) I feel like yelling at him, “Get up you fool! Do you have any idea how much more you could be accomplishing?!” But I am not allowed to do so. I just leave him alone, and go try to find another promising candidate.
If I have chosen you to be the target of my more fierce battles, it was not for no reason! You have tremendous ability! You were born into a very special family, you have Rabbeim who really care about you, and parents who would help you grow in Torah and Mitzvos. You are a very respectful and kind person.
Always remember one thing: you have a secret weapon at your disposal. I shouldn’t really be telling you – but I will anyway. Hashem himself is watching our “training” sessions very closely. I’m pleased to inform you that He’s rooting for you! If things should ever get tough, almost too tough to bear, just callout to Him with a prayer, and He will immediately come to your aid. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope that after 120 years when your time is up in that world of falsehood, you will come up here to the world of truth, where I will be waiting for you with open arms, to congratulate you on your victory, and personally escort you to your place next to the Kisey HaKavod.
Sincerely, and with great admiration I remain,
Your Yetzer HarahMay 29, 2011 6:38 pm at 6:38 pm #772265am yisrael chaiParticipant
the following book may help:
Battle Plans: How to Defeat the Yetzer Hara
by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller & Sarah Yoheved RiglerMay 29, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm #772267
Thank you soooo much everyone!!!! I cannot thank you enough! especially Sister Bear! I am going to use that letter it is so amazing! That part of my grade will be in you merit! thanx a million!
>O<613May 29, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm #772268oomisParticipant
Yetzer hara go away!
Don’t come back another day!
Yetzer Tov, please hurry back,
Please don’t let me get off-track!May 30, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am #772269PrincessEagleMember
i have a poem that conveys this message of yh and yt but can i send it to you privately if you’re interested???May 30, 2011 8:54 pm at 8:54 pm #772270goldenkintMember
sorry to nitpick but when i saw the title Please help me!!!! i though oy,vey , what tzuris does this person have?. i think you could choose a little less frightening title in the future. just asking. ( yes , i am the person who does imagine the worst when people are late or the phone rings too late at night) oh, and good luck with your paper.
a vort i remember.anytime you are having trouble getting a mitzvah done, being frazzled or nervous erev shabbos, or getting impatient with someone you are trying to help. we were told its the Satan getting involved because he hates to see yidden involved in mitzvahs.
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