Current events with commentary by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
Thanks to science, you can soon wipe out your worst memories
Many of us assume that memory is like a faithful recording of our lives stored in our brains, persistent and unchanging... Shockingly, that’s not the case. Researchers have discovered that memory is changeable.
Dutch psychology professor Merel Kindt has seemingly found a way to erase the emotional anxiety associated with bad memories without erasing the memories themselves...
From Ohr Avigdor Hakdama:
The awesome power of forgetting
Imagine a man who goes to sleep with serious worries hanging over his head. And yet the next morning he arises feeling like a new man. What happened? It wasn’t that he forgot his worries over the course of the night. One doesn’t forget in such a short period.
But Hashem designed an eraser of the mind — that eraser is sleep. It is a selective eraser because although it erases worry, it does not erase joy. If a person went to sleep with great happiness, such as having won a lottery or having received an honor, he would still be happy with it when he wakes up in the morning. However, troubles always become less intense after a night’s sleep. So we see that sleep is one of the methods which Hashem arranged to erase extreme worries from a person’s mind. This is necessary because otherwise a person couldn’t exist.
Don’t take for granted the great gift of being able to forget your troubles. You should be especially grateful to Hashem when you see that after a period of distress you are able to return to a normal life. That thought should be in your mind when you say in Pesukei D’zimrah, He is the Healer of the broken-hearted. You are obligated to be grateful for the kindness Hashem has shown you in allowing you to forget.