Guarding The Eyes: What Judaism Says

Whoever goes out into the street is liable to lose both worlds, this one and the World to Come, G–d forbid. This can be so through looking at...the lewdness that is all around us and that contaminates the brain and the soul. And as the Rambam writes in Hilchot Teshuva (Chapter 4, 4), most people don’t realize that it is what the eyes see that later leads a person to the act of sin.

The Or ha Chayim wrote that if a person will not be careful in restricting what he sees, then it will be impossible for him to avoid sinful thoughts and come to sin. And our Sages in the Talmud further said (Nedarim 30): “All those that look at women their end is to come to sin.”

And it is of great benefit for any one who goes out into the streets to spend a few minutes of his time to review the things written here so that he will be able to guard his eyes thereby bringing great benefit to his body and soul, for as the Bne Issachar wrote (Derech Pikudecha): “We have a tradition from our fathers that the Yetzer ha Ra [the evil inclination within man], desires more than anything to attack the person through sexual sins, because included in this lust are all the others.”

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Bible reference(s): 2 Samuel 11:2, Job 31:1, Proverbs 6:25, Matthew 5:28, Matthew 6:22-23, Luke 11:34, John 9:41, James 1:14, 1 John 2:16

Source: Sefer Tikkun Ha Brit, Shaar Shemirat Eynaim.

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