Anger and Anti-Wisdom


Hi Rabbi, why is anger seen as such a negative trait in Judaism? Is it not just another natural human emotion? Thanks Rabbi.



  1. I recently saw a sign that said the following: “Anger is only one letter short of Danger”. Although this may just sound like a clever play on words in English, there is much truth to the statement.

    Judaism means living according to choices made by our intellect. We are not supposed to be controlled by our emotions and desires. Rather, we received at Mount Sinai a “Torah of life” that teaches how to intellectually know and choose right from wrong.

    Anger has the potential to destroy relationships. It harms one’s health, happiness and clarity of thought. An angry person is likely to err. Our Sages teach, “One who comes to anger, comes to err.” (The Hebrew words for “anger” and “err” rhyme.)

    If one resists the “natural emotion” of anger for just a brief while — counting to ten for example — the “natural positive emotions” will return to the person and he will act based on rational and wise thinking.

    Best wishes from the Team