ripples in the pool

A short follow-up post to reflecting pool.

The Noam Elimelech brings down by the opening of Parashath VaEra, (וארא) that the Evildoer begins life in peace and ends life in suffering, whereas the Tzaddik begins life in suffering and ends life in peace. This is because he eventually overcomes his yetzer harah, his enemy, and makes peace with it and it agrees to serve the Tzaddik.

He doesn't say, but presumably the explanation for the Rasha (רשע) is that he starts his life peacefully following after the yetzer harah, until he sees where he's headed and then he ends his life in suffering, towards the end he made for himself.


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