If improving our מידות is such an important part of עבודת ה׳, why don’t we spend more time on תיקון המידות in a more direct way?
Why don’t we spend more time on תיקון המידות? It’s a very big question. And truthfully, I must question myself. If you look in the ספרים you’ll see that they tell you that we should spend much more time than we do. Absolutely. So if you want to spend time on it, you can come to me privately and I’ll give you some directives, if you want. There’s plenty of work to do. And all the ספרים say you should do it. Certainly you should spend time.
And we spend some time here, as well, on that subject. Many times we spoke about patience. We spoke about silence – keeping your mouth closed. We’ve spoken about כעס , anger.I have given special lectures on those subjects. More than once. And of course, much more should be said.
We should spend time on תיקון המידות. The Rambam says that תיקון המידות is one of the most important forms of תשובה. It’s more important to do תשובה from wrong מידות than from other things. You know why that is? Because an עבירה comes only once in a while. But מידות you have all the time. Your מדות affect your behavior all the time. That’s who you are. And therefore, it’s so important to change your character, because you’re changing yourself permanently. And that’s why you’re in this world.