Rabbi Orlowek on Cleaning the Soul

The Kotzker Rebbe had a famous thought when discussing Teshuvah. Often our eyes look at the wrong things. How then do we avoid looking around at our environment and become ensnared in seeing the wrong things? The Kotzker says to be involved in Torah “Beiyun.” Learning Torah in great depth,using all the faculties of the mind, prevents the eyes from roaming as the mind is so preoccupied and it brings real Teshuvah. (How appropriate at a time such as Pesach where we are trying to eliminate all the Chametz from our being). Rabbi Orlowek recommends to write the main points you learned in a sugya on an index card before you finish. This way you can take it with you and continually review it in the “street.”

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