Depression and Idolatry

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk[1] writes in a list of advice to his followers:

“Be very careful from depression and only serve G-d with joy. For sadness is akin to idolatry as it is expressive that he does not like the edict of the Almighty, blessed be He.”

[1] Ginzei Nistaros (Ohr Nerav) Pg. 47

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