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Literally, evil inclination. The internal impulse to do wrong. Judaism believes that the impulse to do evil is part of human nature, just as is the impulse to do good, Yetzer Ha-tov. However, one is not born to do evil, and through willpower one can conquer the Yetzer Ha-Rah. The rabbis suggested the study of Torah as one way of conquering the evil impulse.

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