Have you recently been criticized or rebuked? Did you find those words to be helpful? Did they initiate any positive change in your behavior? For most people, criticism makes them feel hurt and put down. And when we rebuke others, we often don’t see any change and, even more likely, a spiteful reaction. Although there is a great mitzvah to rebuke (see Leviticus 19:17), most people are not capable of fulfilling this mitzvah properly. Even Rabbi Akiva, who lived in a generation of tremendous Torah scholarship, said, “I would be astounded if there is anyone capable of rebuking in this generation”….
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