Let My People Know

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “He can become a great and religious person.”

The greater the person, the greater his potential for evil.

As our sages note, “When a person is greater than another, his evil inclination is greater as well” (Sukkah 52a).

The fact that a person has a great evil inclination indicates that he can become a great and religious person.

The Hasidic rebbe Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev once inspired a man to repent by telling him, “I envy you.

When a person repents in a spirit of love, his willful misdeeds are accounted as merits.

How great you can become when you repent!”

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz