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The Sensitivity Of A Tzaddik


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The great dichotomy of human conduct is that I must run from my own kavod, yet run after yours. When it comes to my honor, I have to train myself to see it as vain and frivolous, yet when it comes to yours, I have to do everything in my power to give you as much as I am able. A person who learns to find this balance becomes a popular and welcome companion and is able to help others meet one of their deepest, unmet needs.

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