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Acharei Mos: Grizzlies, Goats, and States of Mind


Imagine that you are on a hike, enjoying the beautiful scenery, breathing in the fresh mountain air, basking in the golden sunlight filtering in through the trees. Quite suddenly, you become aware of the sounds of breaking branches, rustling leaves, and heavy footfalls. Hurdling down the path toward you is a giant grizzly bear. What do you do? The answer is pretty much universal: you will either freeze, terrified, or flee, equally terrified. This automatic reaction is driven not by logic or reason, but by pure emotion – when we are in danger, we act instinctively out of fear, until we can get to safety.