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The Chofetz Chayim, Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, used to pose the following question: If a person is presented simultaneously with opportunities to perform two different Mitzvos, one easy to fulfill and ne difficult to fulfill, and he can only perform one, which one should he chose? The Chofetz Chayim offered this parable: A man was in the market to purchase a valuable diamond. However, he knew little about what to look for in the diamonds, and had no idea how to determine if the prices merchants were offering him were in line with the true value of the stones. When discussing this quandary with a friend, he was given a piece of advice. He went out, sought an expert in diamond appraisals, and engaged this professional to assist him in his hunt for a precious gem. When we want to know the "worth" of the Mitzvah, we can turn to one certifiable expert: the yetzer Hora - Evil Inclination. The Evil Inclination "deals" with Mitzvos constantly, knows the value of each one, and attempts to convince people to refrain from performing these good deeds accordingly. Therefore, if we are confronted with two Mitzvos, one more difficult than the other, we already have our answer about which one is "worth" more. The Evil Inclination exerts more effort to dissuade us from performing the more valuable Mitzvos. The one we find more difficult must be the one that is worth more, and therefore must be the one we should endeavor to perform.

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