Counting the Omer with Rabbi Judy Shanks
Day 18 — Limiting Levity
Miyut Schok • מיעוט שחוק
By Rabbi Chaim Safren, Calgary, AB, Canada
It is not too hard to understand why we are being directed to limit our levity. Mesilat Yesharim / Path of the Just, lists levity as one of the impediments to Zehirut, vigilance. He informs us something that we all know from experience, that when someone comes along and makes a joke out of something serious, it lightens the whole thing in our eyes. Where we may have been very careful about not treading on certain territory, once someone treats it lightly, in a joking way, suddenly the whole matter becomes less important in our eyes and we are more likely to treat it without the proper gravity.
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