May. 2nd, 2011

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tldr: i hope there's more to this than the death of a person )

Anyway, while everyone else is posting about this and Holocaust Remembrance Day, I'd like to instead say something about this and the sefirot in which bin Laden was captured and killed.

Sunday night began Day 13 - Yesod of Gevurah
Sunday day ended Day 14 - Hod of Gevurah

Chabad writes about each one:

Yesod of Gevurah:
For discipline to be effective it must be coupled with commitment and bonding. Both in disciplining yourself and others there has to be a sense that the discipline is important for developing a stronger bond. Not that I discipline you, but that we are doing it together for our mutual benefit.
Exercise for the day: Demonstrate to your child or student how your bonding with each other is an essential ingredient in discipline and growth.

Hod of Gevurah
The results of discipline and might without humility are obvious. The greatest catastrophes have occurred as a result of people sitting in arrogant judgement of others. Am I arrogant in the name of justice (what I consider as just)? Do I ever think that I sit on a higher pedestal and bestow judgement on my subjects below? What about my children? Students?
A judge has to be the most humble of creatures, recognizing that he sits in judgement not by his own merit but only because G-d gave the right to judge His children.
Exercise for the day: Don't judge anyone unless you are doing so selflessly with no personal bias.

I hope (and doubt) that our pursuit of bin Laden was done with humility and commitment to world peace and not only with justice and vengeance in mind.


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