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2.17 The Prophecy of Moses
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– We have spoken of the full level of prophecy but that really refers to all prophets but one. There was a second, higher level that was only achieved by Moses. The Torah informs us of this when God says, “If there is a prophet among you, I, […]
2.16 False Prophets
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– Since there are evil forces, it is possible for one who manipulates them to be misled into thinking that he is experiencing prophecy. These evil forces can provide a person with misinformation; they can even empower him to work wonders. This is why the Torah warns against […]
2.15 How Prophecy is Achieved
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– A novice prophet may not have as clear a revelation and he may contribute some elements from his own imagination but when he achieves full prophecy, his enlightenment will be clear and unambiguous. Through this, he will understand the level that he has achieved and that it […]
2.14 Divine Inspiration and Prophecy
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– The normal way for a person to acquire knowledge and gain understanding is through his intellect. He observes things and deduces their natures, which may not be readily apparent. But God created another, greater of learning and understanding: through enlightenment that He bestows upon a person who […]
2.13. Manipulating Spiritual Forces
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– In section 5, we discussed how all creations are rooted in spiritual forces; this includes evil, which emanates from evil forces. We have likewise discussed how everything that exists physically is a reflection of a spiritual counterpart. Everything physical is therefore tethered to a spiritual force, with […]
2.12. The Soul of Man
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– We discussed in section 3 how man is a unique creation, the synthesis of opposing components, namely a physical body and a spiritual soul. But “soul” really refers to more than one thing. First, there’s the nefesh, which all living things possess. The nefesh gives a person […]
2.11. Spiritual Providence
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– It is important understand that God’s system of providence is perfectly fair. Verses that stress this point include “A fair scepter is the scepter of Your kingdom” (Psalms 45:7) and “The King causes the land to endure through justice” (Proverbs 29:4). We also know that we are […]
2.10. The Order of Providence
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– God runs the world in a manner not unlike a human government. The Sages tell us this outright in Talmud Brachos 58a. The spiritual world, like the physical world, includes courts, and there are rules governing them. And, as on Earth, there are higher and lower courts, […]
2.9. The Nature of Providence
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– We speak of God’s providence as if it’s a single thing but it actually involves two separate components: God’s awareness of all things and the influence that He exerts. [II, 5.1] When it comes to God’s awareness, we know that He is necessarily omniscient. Everything that ever […]
2.8. Individual Providence
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– We have discussed how a person’s role in this life is to choose good in a world that offers both good and bad. This choice can manifest in many forms: ego vs. humility; mercy vs. hard-heartedness; being satisfied with one’s lot vs. always feeling the need for […]