[Avodah] bechira?

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Tue Oct 5 14:17:52 PDT 2021

On Sat, Sep 04, 2021 at 11:30:31PM -0400, Akiva Miller via Avodah wrote:
> I would think that, l'shitaso, one is not responsible for failures that are
> beyond one's nequdas habechira (nor does one get credit for successes that
> are within his nequdas habechira). But one IS held responsible if he
> doesn't make a sincere attempt to move his nequdas habechira upwards. (This
> might be the same idea as what R' Micha already posted.)

I emphasized the onesh for the past decisions that lowered one's nequdas
habechirah to the point where the decision doesn't cross one's mind. I
emphasized commission, rather than than omission. And I gave a line of
reasoning to buttress that emphasis: Someone who isn't guilty of lowering
that nequdah and didn't think of doing that reason for reasons of nature
or nurture is likely a tinoq shenishba.

For example, Dave was raised in an R home and never thought about keeping
a halachic Shabbos. Would you talk about his not trying to move the
nequdas habechirah to the point where he could have? For that matter,
that meta-consideration too is beyond his NhB.

> "The choices that you make today
> are all that's gonna last.
> The train is moving down the tracks
> and it's moving awful fast."
> ("Ride the Train", Journeys)

You reminded me of one of my gradeschool classrooms that had a Mitzvah
Goreres Mitzvah poster with a train on it. This shitah of nequdas
habechirah ties in well to MGM and aveirah goreres aveirah.

Tir'u baTov!

Micha Berger                 Worrying is like a rocking chair:
http://www.aishdas.org/asp   it gives you something to do for a while,
Author: Widen Your Tent      but in the end it gets you nowhere.
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