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moderation
middot moderation

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middahThe middle way frees one from the tyranny of cravings.

Moderation is finding a balance in all things and is crucial in healthy living. Going overboard in anything is one way that this trait is imbalanced, while depriving oneself is another. By experiencing everything in moderate amounts, one can live more wholesomely and find true balance.

Suggested practices:

  • Identify something you do in excess and cut back.
  • Is there something that you withhold for no good reason? Try integrating it into your life if it is good.
  • Identify a passion. Take a break from it for a week.

featured articles


You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall te...
by rebbetzin malkah in torah
Yeshua is a unique case study for moderation. On the one hand, he is fairly extreme. This is the man who taught his disciples to leave behind everything and follow him. ...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in besorah
Sh'vil HaZahav שְבִיל הַזָהַב, the golden middle or mean path, is the Hebrew concept of moderation.  And a famous quote to help us with this middah is: ...
by rebbetzin malkah in meditation
"It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep." -- Mishlei 25:27 ...
by rebbetzin malkah in mesorah
A person's nature can be recognized through three things: his cup, his purse, and his anger. --Talmud, Eruvin 65b ...
by rav rafael in mesorah
Sometimes, when people say “time flies,” or comment on how quickly it goes by, I think, “Compared to what?” We’ll say how quickly a year goes by, but it was a year, whatev...
by rabbi russ resnik in daily living
Once Rabbi Israel [Salanter] and his friend Rabbi Mordecai Meltzer were walking through the narrow sidestreets of Vilna. They stopped and entered a synagogue to join in the minchah ...
by rebbetzin malkah in stories
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall b...
by rabbi russ resnik in daily living

 

accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the seeds that started to affect your moderation today? Is there an area where you struggle with moderation (clothing, techno...

quotes


"When one engages in business or in an occupation to earn money, one should not be motivated by desire for gain alone, but by the necessity of supplying his basic requirements, such...

 

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daily living


I was once having a conversation about politics with a gentleman who was quite extreme in his views. At one point he took a break from his discourse to ask me about my political vie...
Sometimes, when people say “time flies,” or comment on how quickly it goes by, I think, “Compared to what?” We’ll say how quickly a year goes by, but it was a year, whatev...
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall b...

torah


You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall te...

besorah


Yeshua is a unique case study for moderation. On the one hand, he is fairly extreme. This is the man who taught his disciples to leave behind everything and follow him. ...

mesorah


I have to admit that I approach the Days of Awe with some ambivalence. Unlike any of you, I’m a bit melancholic by temperament and I don’t look forward to the somber, gloomy, en...
"It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep." -- Mishlei 25:27 ...
A person's nature can be recognized through three things: his cup, his purse, and his anger. --Talmud, Eruvin 65b ...

meditation


Sh'vil HaZahav שְבִיל הַזָהַב, the golden middle or mean path, is the Hebrew concept of moderation.  And a famous quote to help us with this middah is: ...

stories


Once Rabbi Israel [Salanter] and his friend Rabbi Mordecai Meltzer were walking through the narrow sidestreets of Vilna. They stopped and entered a synagogue to join in the minchah ...

this week


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bottled up kindness
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showering chesed
The Hebrew word for loving-kindness is chesed.    . . .

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