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Parashat Beshalach – Habit Forming

…אָז יָשִׁיר מֹשֶׁה וּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל

Then Moshe and the B’nei Yisrael sang…

 

When one develops a habit that they don’t like, it can be very difficult to reverse. It becomes second nature to us, and we do it even without thinking. One must try to actively go against the habit for a long time until his instinct is no longer to act in that manner. 

There can be habits that have a very easy way to get rid of though. When a habit is only formed based off an external factor, you just need to remove that and the habit will be gone. If one cracks their knuckles whenever they have soda, they can try the difficult route of trying to focus and not crack them, or they can stop having soda, and there won’t be any issue in the first place.

The Jews in Egypt were idol worshipers. They left Egypt, and shortly afterwards they were all receiving prophecy! How did they do that? How did they change so quickly from so deeply under the influences of the Egyptians to such holy people?

The answer lies in the fact that the Jews never intrinsically became “idol-worshipers”. They did the act, but it never became a part of them. As soon as they were out from under the influence of the Egyptians there was no turn-around that had to be done. The bad influence was gone and so were the effects of it.

 

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