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|Written by Michael|
|Sunday, 17 November 2013|
I am not suggesting that your Torah sources are in error, but it seems to me that you have exaggerated with all of your fire and brimstone warnings. I can see a movie, or see sexy pics on the Intrnet, go to a crowded beach, or spend a day with a pretty woman and never experience a wet dream or the desire to masturbate. I am sure this is true for most men, not only me.
This reminds us of man who works in a boiler room. On a hot summer day when everyone else is sweating, he says he feels cool. He simply has become accustomed to being hot. Because he works in a boiler room, he is insensitive to hot weather. So too, a man who is accustomed to immodest behavior and immodest surroundings, does not feel their impact on him. His spiritual radar has become insensitive and dull.
This is the case with any transgression. If a person does not keep the Sabbath, he does not feel the loss of the spiritual high that the Sabbath brings to a Jew. If he eats cheeseburgers, he thinks he is just as spiritual as his Orthodox friend who keeps kosher. In the same way, a merchant who regularly cheats his clients, comes to believe he is not doing anything wrong - "Business is different."
The fact is that seeing immodestly dressed women at the beach and in the movies dulls a Jew's spiritual world and distances him from G-d and the Torah. For a person who has an aspiration to live a sanctified life, this is certainly not the way.
In his book, "Kuntres HaAvodah," Rebbe Sholom Dov Ber of Lubavitch, one of the early great Rebbes of Chabad, writes the following:
[See an essay by the Kabbalist Rav Eliahu Leon Levy on guarding the eyes.]
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