The Antidote to Evil
Reader: Please elaborate on, "Torah as an antidote to the evil inclination".
Mesora: The rabbis stated, "(He) created the instincts - the yetzer hara - He created the Torah as an antidote."
The Torah addresses man's instinctual makeup. Man has pride, ego, greed and
many other emotions and drives. The Torah desires that man use these emotions
and drives appropriately and in a positive way to benefit himself. Without
Divine instruction in the form of the Torah, man in general will not be able to
arrive at the precise formula for directing his emotions, for subduing them, and
for outletting them in a healthy manner. Torah is God's direction for the
precise manner in which to guide our actions, and emotions, all as backdrop to
render ourselves suited for a life of study, unhampered by the turbulent tides