Who is a hero?

A hero is one who channels his creative impulses.

By BETH KISSILEFF
October 1, 2015 16:21
4 minute read.
Painting by Pepe Fainberg

Painting by Pepe Fainberg. (photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)

 
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THE TRADITIONAL repository of mishnaic rabbinic wisdom, the “Ethics of the Fathers,” states that a hero is one who is in control of or can harness his “creative powers” – my translation of the Hebrew word yetzer.

God displays his controlling creative power in the first Torah portion, Bereishit, even if at its close, he is dissatisfied with the results. “I regret that I have made them,” God opines, regarding the wickedness of man.

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