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Mesillas Yesharim 6 (Chapter 1)
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[Chapter 1 cont’d] The only way to feel truly complete (שלמות) in life is to have a good relationship with Hashem (deveykus). Where there is deveykus there is sheleimut. The goal is to navigate challenges in life while keeping on the path towards sheleimut. How does one attain deveykus? Provided courtesy of rabbisilber.com
Mesillas Yesharim 5 (Chapter 1)
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The most important thing in life is to recognize what is one’s obligation in life. What does God need us to do in this world? The true joy in life is comes through connection. True happiness as a result of a good relationship with Hashem. Provided courtesy of rabbisilber.com
Mesillas Yesharim 4 (Introduction)
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(The Ramchal’s introduction, continued) Those things which are the most obvious are the most likely to be neglected or forgotten: loving and revering God, walking in His ways, and keeping His commandments. Yirat Hashem (fear of God) means recognizing that everything we do is done in the presence of God. Walking in God’s ways meaning […]
Mesillas Yesharim 3 (Introduction)
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In order for one’s avodat Hashem to be complete it must be accompanied by a level of simplicity. The yetzer hara is always present, even when learning. It is easy to turn learning Torah into a purely intellectual pursuit. If one doesn’t take the time to cultivate reverence and love of Hashem, one can’t expect […]
Mesillas Yesharim 2 (Introduction)
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Most people don’t spend time learning and thinking about basic hashkafic concepts such as what it means to serve God, to love God, etc. The ideas of piety are basic but need to be studied to be understood and to be able to apply them. A child has the ability to walk but needs to […]
Mesillas Yesharim 1 (Introduction)
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Background of the Ramchal and the Mesillas Yesharim and the Ramchal’s introduction to his work. In his introduction he states that the goal of the work is to teach people things they already know and it is these basics of life that need to be reviewed constantly. The Ramchal’s stated goal is not to prove […]