How could he do that? [Anger flares] That is despicable. I’ll show him.
Ok. He did the bad thing in your eyes. Now what.
Wait one moment.
Ask yourself – am I so righteous that I don’t do the same thing or worse?
It’s a trick. You are getting angry – when you have things to correct in yourself. My concern is about myself being a good person – I am not the policeman of others.
Ok. They did something wrong. Wait for a private, calm moment together and express your distress and disappointment in a calm manner and ask them for an explanation and suggest a way to improve.
Did he do what he did out of spite and wickedness or ignorance?
Should he or she have known better?
You can try to judge the person favorably. But if correction is in order speak in a calm way to the person of what they need to correct – without berating them but by bringing them up.
Don’t say “You are so inconsiderate. You talk during the prayer service. Don’t you care about the people around you?”
Say “I know you love coming to the synagogue and people appreciate your presence – but at times people want to concentrate on speaking to G-d rather than hearing side conversations. Perhaps if you want to talk – step outside.”
Also you can take other measures like speaking about Halachot / Jewish laws about not speaking vain conversations in a synagogue.
Or putting up signs motivating people not to speak in a synagogue during davening / prayer service. Or explain to other people not to encourage others to talk to them by answering them in a nice way “we can talk later – I’d like to pray now”.
What is the source of your anger?
Is it that you had a negative childhood experience or that you have a hatred towards certain groups of people or because the torah considers it to be wrong?
If the source of your anger is due to the Torah considering it to be wrong – perhaps you have a right to become upset to a certain degree. there is a statement that at times a Talmid Chacham / Torah Scholar’s Torah gets him angry (ie, he gets upset because of people transgressing the Torah)
If it is your personal bias – who says you have a right to get upset. If G-d is ok with it – why should you be upset.
Am I upset at a particular individual or people more than others that are doing the same or worse?
Take the United Nations or BDS. Blame israel! They are the cause of the problems. Really? What about the nations that gas their own people or take money for the big wigs while causing the masses to be poor and hungry?
Are you doing something productive about your concern?
Some go vegan because of the way some butchers treat animals. Even though the Torah in some senses agrees with Veganism – the Torah does permit meat. The Torah has laws about not acting cruelly with animals. I suggest that people petition the companies to not act cruelly with animals.
It also depends upon where you are standing. Are you a vegan because it is healthy, or are you against cruelty to animals because the Torah says so or because you think animals are on par with humans?
If the latter – G-d differs.
Humans are the pinnacle of creation.
Can you be using your time to save humans or people or your people when you are involved with saving animals?
Are you more Holy than G-d Himself?
Some think that they are smarter than G-d. A person who has proper values – learns what the Torah has to say about certain issues then reacts in kind. You want to find out what the Torah says about killing terrorists, euthanasia, cremation, veganism, same-gender marriage ask an Torah Scholar or an Orthodox Rabbi. Why them? The Torah is G-d’s thought. It is the only divine document given to man in front of millions of people. Also, G-d does not change His “mind”. First decide if your cause is also G-d’s cause. Then you can feel comfortable in your actions.
G-d knows more what’s best for humans than we humans do.
Is the anger caused by your righteous indignation worse than what the other person is doing?
Do you like to get angry – so you use being “righteous” as an excuse to become angry?
Anger is a terrible thing. we all get angry – but G-d gave us the ability to overcome it.
Are your reactions to improper behavior considered excessive force?
A child takes a cookie without permission. A child cries in the middle of the night. a child breaks a plate. You hit him. you yell at him. You put him in the corner. A little excessive. your job as a parent is to educate. A child learns more from your behavior than your punishment.
Perhaps you are doing worse than your child and he or she is imitating you.
Were you mistaken in your assessment?
Perhaps you saw a person slap another person. you think what a wicked person. later you find out that that person had a dangerous insect on his face. you can try to judge favorably in certain instances.
Can you calm your anger by judging the person favorably or by emulating the traits of G-d?
The Tomer Devorah / the Palm Tree of Devorah by Rabbi Moshe Cordovera explains the 13 attributes of Hash-m / G-d. We are to emulate G-d by being forgiving. Study the book.
Is my being upset an excuse to render me exempt of my obligations?
People are upset at religious Jews or G-d himself.
Someone responded to my question “Why don’t you put on tefillin?” He said something like – “once I saw a religious Jew steal – now I will not put on tefillin.” what is the connection? The Torah says do not steal. it also says put on tefillin. the torah says clearly what he did was wrong by stealing. so why blame the torah for the improper actions of a man.
Some blame G-d. sure life has difficult situations. Some that we as humans cannot comprehend. Some say they are angry at G-d – so they don’t observe torah. why? Because of the Holocaust. Because their prayers were not answered. That they had a difficult life.
Some will not step into an Orthodox Synagogue. They say they rub me wrong. They don’t consider me. they won’t accept me. I’m happy the way I am. I owe nothing to G-d. Really? Look at all the kindness G-d provides us with every single second – starting with life. the list goes on – food. children. health. a job. a home…
Ok. but look at all the good. what outweighs what?
Is your indignation a reason to exempt you from being thankful for all the good that G-d provides us with every single second? Life. All G-d asks for is a little recognition. for Jews – keep Shabbat. eat kosher food. for Gentiles – learn about and observe the 7 torah noahide laws.
Be thankful to G-d instead of angry. G-d will change your difficulties into joy.
It’s your choice.