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Cool Down

via Lma’an Yishme’u

80The yetzer hara does not suddenly try to tempt a person to commit severe aveiros ; he works stage by stage. At first he convinces him about something small, then he pushes further, until eventually he tries talking the person into serving avoda zara.

The Frierdiker Rebbe explains that the yetzer hara may even begin by giving his approval to the mitzvos being done ("aseh kach"), but he rationalizes and limits the extent of their fulfillment. For example, he encourages a person to take it easy and watch his health, to be "normal", to find favor in the eyes of others, and he brings proofs and explanations for all his claims. This cools a person down and enables the yetzer hara to push him further into actually committing aveiros.

(שבת ק"ה ע"ב, סה"מ קונטרסים א' ע' ל"ז ע"א)

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