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How do I stop doing a sin which is extremely pleasurable?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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It is hard to STOP doing something that you really enjoy.

What you need to do is START doing OTHER things that keep you really busy so that you don’t have the time or idle energy to do things you shouldn’t be doing.

START doing OTHER things that keep you really busy so that you don’t have the time or idle energy to do things you shouldn’t be doing
To sit there with time on your hands and room in your mind for things you really desire, is like working in a bakery while trying to be on a diet!


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Just do it!

Posted by: yudayajin on Jun 05, 2006

B"H

Most of us know what you're refering to. At first a now-frum friend of mine, said he stopped doing a particular sin 2 years ago, I said that it was impossible and (like Sarah-rishon) I laughed.

That was last year, now (working hard to be a ba'al teshuvah) I have not done a particular sin in a year.

I thought it was impossible. For the first few months, I failed a couple times. Later, it became easier, but then suddenly much more difficult, but now, a year later I'm cured of that sin.

It'll always linger in your mind, but you'll have the strength to stop, eventually, just gotta make that first impossible step like Moshe at the Sea of Reeds.

As Dov Ber of Mezrich said, "it can be a life time struggle (speaking about arrogance)," but that is the essence of teshuvah.

So just go and do it.


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