Updated: May 27, 2020
Article from: Alon HaKodesh (4) Ayin Tova (Good Eye) Edition
“It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise [Torah] man than for one to listen to the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:5)
"טוֹב לִשְׁמֹעַ גַּעֲרַת חָכָם מֵאִישׁ שֹׁמֵעַ שִׁיר כְּסִילִים" (קהלת 7:5)
Throughout the trials and tribulations of life, a typical person would seek advice from someone they viewed as wiser and more knowledgeable. It never seems to fail in disappointing us of how limited the advice is when the wisdom we chose is based on secular knowledge. We often wish we could’ve saved ourselves the time, frustration, embarrassment and possibly the $400/hour psychiatric expertise fee. Our life’s journey would be smoother if we’d simply known that the best advice these experts can typically offer is “it’ll get better,” “it could be worse” or the exaggerated false empowerment of “you can do it.” After all, they are using the same manmade manual as their patient, which includes their own unique experiences. When the wisest man of all time, King Solomon, wrote about wisdom (Chochma) in his three holy books inside the Tanach, he was consistently referring to the divine Torah wisdom. Unlike manmade advice that is too biased and limited to fit everyone, the divine Torah is a one size fits all that is customized to you. Instead of sympathy, the Torah offers the empathy we all seek. But before we can appreciate the necessity of change, we must first understand the root of the current failure to attain happiness by the overwhelming majority of mankind today.