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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “An insidious false dilemma.”

There are people in this world whose deviation from all things holy came not as a result of their association with heathens or bandits, but as a result of their association with wise men.

Their fall was a result of their attempt to set impossible standards.

The evil inclination presents a type of world whose requirements cannot be met; in such a world, an inner crisis is inevitable.

The evil inclination confronts every individual with an insidious false dilemma:

Are you righteous or wicked?

Are you a decent person or not?

According to the evil inclination, every person must choose a side – he must be one or the other, and if he is neither, there is no place for him in this world.

      –Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz