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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 […]
2.7. Suffering and Gehinnom
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– As we discussed throughout the preceding entries, man’s purpose in this world is to elevate himself so that he becomes worthy of the ultimate goodness, which is proximity to God in the Next World. God’s wisdom decreed that the best way to accomplish this would be for […]
2.6. The Basic Idea of Providence
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– It should be obvious that if something exists, either in Heaven or on Earth, it must be because God deemed that thing necessary and useful in fulfilling His plan for the universe. The laws of physics were designed so that everything in the universe could serve its […]
2.5. Spiritual Forces
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– Creation is made up of two components, the physical and the spiritual. The physical component is that which we can perceive through our senses. This includes both terrestrial and celestial phenomena. The former includes such things as soil, water and air, while the latter includes the stars […]
2.4. Elevating the Mundane
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– A person’s condition in this world depends on a combination of internal and external factors. [I, 4.1] Upon birth, a human being is almost completely physical in nature, as the intellect exerts only a negligible influence. As a person matures, the influence of his intellect grows to […]
2.3. Life and Afterlife
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– As we have said, only man has been placed on the crossroads of perfection and imperfection with the ability to choose his own path. This choice must be made of a person’s own free will. If God were to compel a person on the path of goodness, […]
2.2. Why Are We Here?
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– Since God is perfect and His existence requires nothing else, why did He create the universe? This was so that He could bestow His goodness on others. God is the ultimate good. His wisdom decreed that this be expressed by allowing created beings to get close to […]
2.1. God
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With this entry, The God Papers begins with the Ramchal’s classic work Derech Hashem. Source notes refer to that sefer. ————————————————- Every Jew must strive to know that there’s a God, who created everything. God has no beginning and He will have no end. He brought everything else into existence and He sustains it all. […]