Anger

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  1. One should try to avoid anger as much as possible. [1]
  2. In circumstances where necessary to admonish one's children, one should try to outwardly give off the impression of being angry but not actually getting angry on the inside. [2]
  3. One should avoid yelling and screaming and banging on the table to prove one's point. However, one may show excitement and can become upset if he is doing so pure heartedly as an expression of love for truth. Anger or losing one's temper out of frustration of being disagreed with is forbidden. [3]
  4. One should avoid praying when angry. [4]
  5. One who gets angry is as if one worshipped idols. The lives of people who get angry aren't "life". [5]
  6. One shouldn't get angry even over things that it is worthy to get angry about, in order to distance onesself from anger. [6]

Sources

  1. Rambam Hilchot Deot 2:3
  2. Shulchan Aruch Hamiddot vol. 1 pg. 184
  3. Shulchan Aruch HaMiddot vol. 1 pg. 205
  4. Shulchan Aruch OC 93:2. Shulchan Aruch Hamiddot vol. 1 pg. 212 quotes the Orchot Tzaddikim who brings two reasons for this:
    1. One can not have proper concentration at that time.
    2. The Shechinah does not rest upon a person who is angry.
  5. Kitzur SA 29:4
  6. ibid