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|What's Wrong With A Little Pornography?|
|Written by Michael|
|Tuesday, 22 January 2013|
I fail to understand the great sin in looking at sexy pictures on the Internet. It doesn't make me do anything evil. I don't masturbate when I watch. I just enjoy seeing pictures of beautiful women.
In his book, "Nefesh HaChaim," Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin explains that each and every Jew is a miniature Mishkan (Tabernacle), connecting us to all of the spiritual worlds of the universe.
This is implied in the Torah verse, "And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them' (Shemot, 25:8), implying that the Jewish People themselves are to be, "according to the pattern of the Tabernacle and according to all its vessels." The commandment is telling us that we ourselves should be like the Tabernacle, a holy vessel prepared for the actual dwelling of the Divine Presence within us. ("Nefesh HaChaim," Gate One, Ch. 4, Addendum).
Because of this Divine connection, a Jew has to live with the moment by moment recognition that all of his thoughts, words, and doings have profound cosmic influence, for good, and for evil. As the "Nefesh HaChaim" makes clear:
The fire that destroyed the Temple started in our hearts and our minds. Every time a person watches pornography on the internet, he is adding flames to the conflagration that is still burning, thus preventing the Temple's rebuilding. When he gazes at erotic images, he causes the exile of the Shechinah (Divine Presence) from within his own miniature Mishkan, thus adding to the prolongation of the Shechinah's exile from the world. You may think that your erotic interludes are your own private affair, but the very opposite is true. Every time a Jew watches some smut on the internet, his fantasies and lustful thoughts pollute not only himself, but all of the Jewish People, and all of Creation! You have to ask yourself - is this something you want to do?
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