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I personally, don't believe a person is BORN a rasha, beinoni, or tzaddik. I believe it is the same as "when does a person become an athlete"? When you wear your first gold medal? I believe when it is "possible to become a tzaddik" when you DECIDE today is the day "lace up your shoes, instead of sleeping in, drink water instead of beer, etc" I'm going to ...


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As explained at length in the first part of Tanya, everybody can avoid sin, and never actually sin, no matter the circumstances of their birth or their past behavior. However, only a minority of people can have no evil inclination. Most who achieve that level are born with the ability to achieve it. Some can receive it later as a gift for all their efforts. ...


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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught that becoming a tzaddik depends on one's efforts, not on one's birth. In Sichos HaRan, he said that people have the misconception that he was only able to reach his exalted level because he was the great-grandson of the Ba'al Shem Tov, but he said that this was incorrect, and anyone could reach the same level. Similarly, he ...



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