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Re: A tragedy of the human condition 12 Jun 2015 10:40 #256707

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Wow! I wish I can one day say these magical words myself:

I no longer "regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it."

I just wonder how many tears and tumbles it takes to get there...

Re: A tragedy of the human condition 12 Jun 2015 12:53 #256716

sbj5775 wrote:
Wow! I wish I can one day say these magical words myself:

I no longer "regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it."

I just wonder how many tears and tumbles it takes to get there...

I second that hope!!

Re: From tragedy to redemption 12 Jun 2015 13:26 #256721

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I hope I don't regret te future

Re: From tragedy to redemption 12 Jun 2015 16:14 #256732

thanks for the feed back . sorry if my post comes off as "tough Bklynese" I take it as a compliment since I am an out of town BT living in Bklyn who is a WannaBe yeshiva guy.

Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 05:07 #256770

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Dov wrote:


The woman you refer to (who Hashem made and has a purpose for) is obviously not repulsive to you at all... no matter how loudly you call her "a disgusting, repulsive *****". Hashem knows that to you (whatever your real name is, not 'hashivalissonyishecho') she is hauntingly attractive, maybe even beautiful. Otherwise you wouldn't be drawn to her image so powerfully. Hashem - who's seal is Emess - knows the truth: that you are enthralled by her tzura and somewhat obsessed with her.


No, that is not true. But first, why did you slightly misquote me? why wasn't what I actually said sufficient to address. But in fact I didn't say she is disgusting or evil as I have no intention to judge her as it's totally not my issue, nor do I think she is evil. What I did say, in perfect clear honesty, is that she is repulsive but a woman none the less. My feeling about her is exactly that. The attraction is the regular lust toward women. The reason I find it important to point out that she is repulsive is that I understand with this that my attraction is simple animalistic lust and it is not rational at all. If she would really be a goddess then it would be a different type of nisoyon. It would be a nisoyon of abstaining from doing something which has a toeles but happens to be assur, like stealing money. But when we know that it is an irrational senseless lust then we know that it is like a sickness. So it is very important to point out that this woman is repulsive and yet I lust for her. And repulsive she is. The though of touching her makes me think of needing to wash my hands thoroughly afterwards. And the thought of anything more then that makes me feel nauseous and disgusting. The fact that there is lust doesn't by any means indicate otherwise. I lust for her and cringe in disgust at the same time. We all know that after being with our wife, when the lust is over, we're in no rush to flee the scene because it's actually an honor to be so closely and intimately acquainted with a Jewish princess. But after being with ......., when the lust is over, the guy wants to get out of there ASAP and is feeling utter disgust. This is true the first time at least, because maybe eventually a person can become desensitized, but when he is not yet desensitized this is the way he feels. So why should we have to say that we think she's a beautiful goddess? Some people are attracted to mishkav behema, nebach. Do they also have to say that it isn't repulsive? It is vulgarly repulsive while at the same time, the person has an uncontrollable urge to do this self destructive behavior.

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Please consider together with this, just why you grasp onto magical thinking like the 'chof Sivan' business. Now, you may not believe it, but I probably believe in Torah and kabolah at least as much as you do and learn and love them and chassidus as much as you do, as well. But why do you 'nemm ohn' davka such a thing?

Because - just like the repulsive ***** - it's magical. This day, makes that day. Magic. Really bavourning the ikkar: just be normal and simple with G-d.


Let me remind you what I said.

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I had a business dealing with a repulsive ***** shikse but a woman none the less, and I didn't get a 100%. I don't think I even got an 80%. But I still kept up my daily dose of learning about these issues and divrei hisorerus and I know that I need to be more careful, so I don't give up just try harder. I have an upcoming flight in a few days and I need some extra zehirus and planning. I should plan to have certain passages of certain seforim on my mind constantly. I should also tell my travel companion that I will be looking down and avoiding looking at the pritzus. That way I will be ashamed to do differently than I said. I hope this will work. Any other ideas? What would a real sur mera and yerei chait do? And when I say yerai chet I mean someone who tzitters in his hoizen mamash from sin.


So you see that in fact I am talking about very practical methods, not at all magical as you say. The fact that I mentioned the chof Sivan thing is because it might add some incentive to be clean during the difficult travel experience and any hisorerus is good, as the folks say here 'whatever works' so why are you so against mentioning it?

By the way let me report here that my methods worked, besiyata dishmaya. I was more clean than I could have hoped for from when I left home until I returned. I had the Rabeinu Yona in my hand and in my mind.

I think the crux of our vikuach is whether one can be helped through sefarim like Shaarei Teshuva or if the only thing is attending meetings and following the 12 step program. You will not here me knock any approach that works for anyone. And if someone needs to attend meetings and neglects to do so then he is not taking the needed steps for his recovery. I feel that maybe if someone really follows the Shaarei Teshuva with as much care as some people follow the 12 steps, it might work, but when it comes to doing teshuva, everybody has nowadays bought in to the idea that just a bit of charata and merirus will do the trick, and people don't actually follow through much more than that. The Shaarei teshuva calls for constant and consistent work on the steps and levels that he discusses there. Who today is doing anything even near that, and then they have the 'broadness' to say that the Shaarei teshuva method doesn't work. We already find in Torah sources that lusting is compared to alcoholism. The Chinuch says so in mitzva 387. And he says there that it can be remedied. It's true that many people say that they haven't been helped through sifrei teshuva, but many have also reported that they haven't been helped by the 12 step program. I guess whatever approach you take, it all depends on how committed you really are to properly follow through.
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Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 05:33 #256772

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Thank you for that long awaited response. Hatzlacha!
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Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 14:53 #256787

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It is much clearer what you meant to say. To me, a lot of confusion laid in the fact that you were having a "business dealing" with her. It didn't quite sound like a drug deal or prostitution situation, so I understood that it was a somewhat respectable person you were dealing with.
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Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 15:18 #256788

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Lust comes in all shapes, colors and sizes.
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Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 15:23 #256791

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cordnoy wrote:
Lust comes in all shapes, colors and sizes.


Absolutely.

Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 15:32 #256797

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Hashivalisesonyishecho wrote:
cordnoy wrote:
Lust comes in all shapes, colors and sizes.


Absolutely.


im talkin' from experience.
and by the way, although I don't wanna get in bed with the "repulsive" discussion, none of them were repulsive to me....not before, durin' or after.
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Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 18:05 #256811

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Now I'm confused. I thought it was a legitimate business dealing. Are we talking about prostitution or something like that?
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Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 18:19 #256813

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serenity wrote:
Now I'm confused. I thought it was a legitimate business dealing. Are we talking about prostitution or something like that?


She does some simple work for me. Perfectly legit.

Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 18:29 #256819

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Hashivalisesonyishecho wrote:
serenity wrote:
Now I'm confused. I thought it was a legitimate business dealing. Are we talking about prostitution or something like that?


She does some simple work for me. Perfectly legit.


then, i am somewhat confused as well.
Why does she bring out the "lowest of the low" thoughts in you?
What is the connection?
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Re: From tragedy to redemption 14 Jun 2015 19:03 #256826

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This is not my biggest issue. It is just something I mentioned in passing. I had a small business dealing with this woman who was supposed to do some menial work for me and I had some lust feelings even though logically she should be far from desirable, so I was pointing that out. Then Dov took issue with the way I referred to her and from there the conversation got a life of it's own.

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Thanks for explaining and sharing.
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--"If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking (or lusting), you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic (or sexaholic)." AA Big Book P. 45. Parenthesis added.
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