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The Behavior of Those Who Love God
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 (Based on Chovos HaLevevos, Shaar Ahavas Hashem chapter 7) It would be impossible to list all of the behaviors of those who love God, but the Chovos HaLevavos gives a nice representative sample. People who love God know Him. They recognize that He is in control and they are aware of what He expects from us. […]
3.21 – Signs of One Who Loves God
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(Based on Chovos HaLevevos, Shaar Ahavas Hashem chapter 6) People who love God exhibit a number of signs. First of all, they reject a surplus of material things, as these distract one from the service of God. People who love God have a visible “fear” (yirah, meaning awe or reverence) of Him, as per Exodus 20:16, […]
3.19 Types of Love
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Based on Chovos HaLevavos – Shaar Ahavas Hashem (Chapter 2) In order to describe the different types of love that one might have for God, the Chovos HaLevavos employs the metaphor of the different types of love that a servant might have for his master. This comes in three kinds: (1) A servant might love his […]
3.18 Love of God
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Based on Chovos HaLevavos – Shaar Ahavas Hashem  Introduction Love of God is the highest level attainable by those who are devoted to the service of God, and all the traits and qualities detailed throughout Chovos HaLevavos – both those we have summarized here and those we have not – are steps towards achieving this […]
3.17 Learning to Trust in God
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Shaar HaBitachon Chapter 7 The following things interfere with a person developing his trust in God (in addition to the various impediments mentioned earlier in Chovos HaLevavos): Ignorance of God and His positive traits. If one doesn’t appreciate how God cares for His creations with great compassion, he will lack the confidence necessary to trust in […]
3.16 Those Who Rely Upon God vs. Those Who Don’t
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Shaar HaBitachon Chapter 5 There are seven differences between a person who trusts in God and one who doesn’t. One who trusts in God accepts His judgment in all circumstances and thanks God for the bad as well as for the good, as Job said, “God gives and God takes away; blessed be the Name of […]
3.15 Ways in Which We Rely Upon God
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Shaar HaBitachon Chapter 4 There are seven areas in which a person must rely upon God. These are: In matters of one’s own body; Regarding his ability to earn a living; In interpersonal relationships with family, friends, enemies, and others; Regarding duties of the heart and limbs that only affect the person himself; Regarding duties of […]
3.14 Why Do the Righteous Suffer and the Wicked Prosper?
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Shaar HaBitachon Chapter 3, part II One’s burgeoning trust in God might be shaken by the troubling phenomenon we observe that there are righteous people who work hard to earn a living and who endure suffering while many wicked people prosper and enjoy tranquility. Various prophets addressed this phenomenon; Jeremiah asked directly, “Why does the way […]
3.13 – Acquiring Trust in God
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Chovos HaLevavos, Shaar HaBitachon Chapter 3, part I ***************************** If a person wants to acquire true trust in God, there are certain prerequisites that he must first understand and internalize. The first of these is that he must recognize seven principles vis-à-vis God, namely: God is more merciful towards man than anyone or anything else, as per […]