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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The battle between good and evil.”

The battle between good and evil begins in the realm of shadow, where the precise locations of good and evil are not clearly recognizable.

But at the moment that certainty exists, at the moment that there is a face-to-face confrontation and a person cries out upon recognizing the evil, “You are evil, wicked, disgusting, loathsome, and abhorrent!” the battle has been decided, the lamp has been lit, and the shadows fade.

… It is such a striking claim—that simply by shouting at himself, without attaining any new awareness, a person can cause a new light to shine on his soul, which can completely change his behavior.

—Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz