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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 01:21:34 -0500 (EST) Subject: Who are we afraid of---A Halachic Answer Carl Singer in Mj-v31n42 asks >>>>>>> << It was NOT treyf to work in Europe. It was not treyf to be part of the world. What happened? And who changed it? Who made these new rules that are clearly driven by fear of coping? >> Ms. Friedman has hit the nail on the head -- be it fear of coping or fear of copying (perhaps a typo) Who or what are we afraid of? >>>> I feel compelled to answer this FROM A HALACHIC perspective. The Rambam in the Laws of Characters Chapter 6 clearly answers this >> It is the nature of man to be drawn in his deeds and opinions after his friends and acquaintances and to behave like the people in his county. THEREFORE people should befriend the righteous and sit among scholars in order to learn from their deeds; people must also from the wicked who walk in darkness in order not to learn from their deeds >>> Thus the Rambam clearly states that we **should** fear a bad environment and we **should** seek a good environment. This advice is halachic! Russell Hendel; Phd ASA; Math; Towson University Moderator Rashi is Simple http://www.shamash.org/rashi/