Lessons in not acting impulsively

When Yaakov was on his deathbed, he said to Reuven:

Unstable as water, you shall not have pre-eminence

Rabbi Yeruchem Levovitz commented that the Torah does not usually  give metaphors as it does here. The Torah’s metaphor is showing us the living reality of the trait of impulsivity. Impulsive as water. Just as water flows quickly, so is the behaviour of the person who acts impulsively without thinking carefully about what he is about to do. The Torah’s metaphor serves as a constant reminder of the dangers of being impulsive. Whenever you see water flowing, tell yourself thoughts that will slow down your reactions.

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