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In today’s episode, I explored whether the idea of jealousy has gotten a bad rap or not. Turns out, envy (when properly directed) may actually be a great way to motivate us to push forward. While I may not be the most avid gym enthusiast, I learned to channel my jealousy of Muscle Mike into motivation to get back into fitness and improve myself.

00:00 Who is Muscle Mike?
01:10 What happened when I started hanging out with Muscle Mike
01:25 Does envy fuel action?
01:38 The Tenth Commandment
02:05 Mixed messages about jealousy in the Talmud
02:40 A metaphor in the Midrash about envy
04:06 Bad envy: setting an impossible standard – comparison with others
05:20 Good envy: being inspired by others’ successes
05:57 The nuanced meaning of the Tenth Commandment
06:16 Be inspired to be your best SELF
07:42 Outro

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Executive Producers:
Shalom Schwartz
Nitzan Bergman

Gold Level:
Lauren & Ezra Kest
Charles Crane Family Foundation
In loving memory of Ezriel ben David z”l

Silver Level:
Vigman Foundation
Ulman Foundation

This video was co-produced by The Aseret Movement and OpenDor Media. The Aseret Movement is devoted to introducing and teaching people, regardless of affiliation, to the Ten Commandments as a simple and profound way to live a meaningful life. For more information go to
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