6 Quotes on Embracing Your Goodness from Jewish Leaders
Judaism rejects the notion of “original sin”, and declares that humans are, at their core, good. Obviously, some people obscure this light more than others, and all of us struggle because of what Judaism calls the yetzer hara, an inclination that if not “elevated”, can pull us down.
For example, passion is inherently good because it motivates us, brings children into the world, and makes us feel alive. If not directed and controlled, however, passion can lead us into behavior that isn’t loving towards others. In the same way, a human can be essentially good, but fail to fully cultivate that goodness.
What follows are passages from a few of Judaism’s greatest leaders that help us nurture and embrace our goodness.