First middah - who is a power like You (not withholding goodness)
Exercise: pride / guarding against ugly things / appreciation of natural world / treating people with respect
~ How do you understand this creation of a "destructive spirit" when a transgression is made?
~ How are we similar to God as creators, in that sense?
~ What kind of transgressions are we talking about?
~ How do you understand the idea of a "destructive spirit"?
~ Have you ever tolerated evil things that were done to you because of your love for others?
~ How do we expand tolerance in our own lives, towards people we know and engage with?
~ How do we define "evil" here? What are things that drive you, personally, "insane", but are not "evil"?
~ What are the limits of tolerance? When/what should we not tolerate?
~ Middah: Forgiveness or "passing over sin"
~ How does forgiveness figure in your life?
~ Why is Cordovero insisting in personal forgiveness, ie, that one should not send an emissary? Why is that important?
~ "I didn't do it" "Not my mess" "Clean up your own mess" - what are the tendencies that these sentences express? How do they go against the Middah of "passing over transgression"?
~ In terms of community, how can this middah be expressed?
~ How does anger express itself on one's forehead? Does it begin there, in your experience?
~ What are the internal forces that intensify your anger?
~ How does being agreeable counterbalances anger?
~ What kind of ugly things you hear or see in a regular basis? How do they enter in your life? How can you close those openings?
~ How is yelling seen by Cordovero? What does it accomplish?
~ Is being poor one of those disgraces you should avert your eyes from? Why not? What can you do?
~ Can you think of other people who are "despondent" but are not poor?
~ Reb Shlomo and the ambulances