THE DISEASE OF ENVY

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Strictly speaking, envy (hasad) is hatred and disliking the good condition of the envied one. This is of two types:

1. The blameworthy type of envy is unrestricted dislike of the blessings bestowed upon the envied. This is the type of jealousy that incurs blame, so when one hates something he is then hurt and grieved by the existence of what he hates, and this becomes a sickness in his heart such that he takes pleasure in the removal of the blessings from the envied even if this does not result in any benefit to him except the single benefit of having the pain that was in his soul removed. Continue reading