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Sunday, September 2, 2012
Going from Geula to Gallus… what do I do now?
The BT High – After the initial inspiration, a person going through this may tend to take on every mitzvah, custom and stringency that they can learn about. They’re waking up early to daven, their going to bed late. There’s hardly a class around that they’re not going to. While this can lead someone to unbelievable spiritual heights, it can also lead to burnout and disaster. I’ve seen several cases of someone growing a long beard and wearing a gartel within months of their initial inspiration only to see everything, and I mean everything disappeared for a year. Just like in physical health, attempting to run a marathon on the first day one starts exercising could be suicide. The same goes spiritually. A strong house can only be built on a steady foundation.