“The Way of G-d”

Ramchal “The Way of G-d” Part 1: “The Fundamental Principles of Reality” Ch 5: The Different Realms and Their Specific Situations Paragraph 4 According to what we’d said, everything begins up above and streams down below. But there’s one exception to that which touches on man’s place in all of this. Since G-d wanted man…

Ramchal – Ch. 4: “Man’s Standing in This World

Ch. 4: “Man’s Standing in This World, and The Specific Ways Available to Him” Paragraph 10 At bottom, though, our spiritual standing ultimately depends on G-d either “shining His countenance” upon us or “withholding” it from us 1. For, the more G-d shines His countenance upon us, the purer and more perfected we become, while…

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Ch. 4: “Man’s Standing in This World, and The Specific Ways Available to Him” Paragraph 6 “The root of Divine service” Ramchal declares here 1, “lies in your constantly engaging yourself with your Creator 2 and comprehending that you were created to attach yourself onto G-d 3, and were placed in this world 4 to…

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Ch. 4: “Man’s Standing in This World, and The Specific Ways Available to Him” Paragraph 5 It’s in fact the mitzvah-system that lays out the parameters that we’re to function within 1. Each imperative 2 is intended to allow one to earn and incorporate within himself a degree of perfection, and each prohibition 3 is…

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Ch. 4: “Man’s Standing in This World, and The Specific Ways Available to Him” Paragraph 4 Despite the fact that we’re bound to materiality from the first and our souls are so stifled, nonetheless on some arcane level 1 G-d arranged things in such a way that we’d be elevated in the end anyway. In…

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Ch. 4: “Man’s Standing in This World, and The Specific Ways Available to Him” Paragraph 3 As to our surroundings and circumstances, they and everything that goes on in them is physical and murky, too. Yet we’re forced by our makeup to partake in all that; after all, we have to eat and drink, earn…

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Ramchal – Ch. 4: “Man’s Standing in This World, and The Specific Ways Available to Him” Paragraph 1 As to our makeup, it’s characterized by the fact that we’re a mélange of two conflicting elements: a soul and a body 1. The body and all of its physicality hold sway from birth on 2 until…

The RAMCHAL Mesillat Yesharim Path of the Just

“Fear of God” denotes fear of the Majesty of the Blessed One, fearing Him as one would a great and mighty king, and being ashamed at one’s every movement in consequence of His greatness, especially when speaking before Him in prayer or engaging in the study of His Torah.   “Walking in His ways” embodies…