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Derech Hashem 1:5:6

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Once we instigate a movement down below through our free will, a corresponding movement is instigated from up above in response downward [1].

It’s important to know, though, that G-d has set certain specific and appropriate mechanisms [2] in place when it comes to these two interactions [3] corresponding to G-d’s arcane and overarching plans and means of governance both in the here and now and in the future [4].

Footnotes:

[1]       This speaks to the reciprocal relationship between G-d and humankind: one acts and the other reacts in kind; without the actions of the first, the actions of the second are somehow less than ideal.

It also speaks to the idea of our being G-d’s “partners” in this world (see Shabbos 11a, 119b).

[2]       See Da’at Tevunot 126.

[3]       That’s to say that even loving reciprocal relationships follow rules which both participants must submit to. Given that G-d is one of the participants in the give-and-take discussed here, it follows that it’s His rules that are the ones needed to be taken into account, and that while G-d Himself so to speak “follows” (and initiates) the rules, man cannot help but follow them, too, despite his free will.

[4]       This addresses a major theme in Ramchal’s kabbalistic works that’s beyond our scope. Refer to Klach Pitchei Chochma 80 for a discussion of “Radlah” for example.

(c) 2015 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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Preview of 1:5:6

Once we instigate a movement down below through our free will a corresponding movement is instigated from up above. It’s important to know that there are specific mechanisms in place when it comes to these two interactions corresponding to G-d’s plans and His governance.

ו. ואמנם אחר התנועה הבחיריית תמשך בהכרח תנועה מוכרחת, כי כיון שהתנועעו הכחות העליונים מצד האדם, הנה יחזרו וינועעו בתנועה הטבעית את השפלים המשתלשלים מהם.

ואולם יש בכל הענינים האלה חוקים פרטיים רבים, כפי מה שגזרה החכמה העליונה בעומק עצתה היותו נאות לבריאתו, ושוערו  הדברים בשיעורים רבים, בין בהגעת התנועה מהאדם לכחות, בין בהגעת התנועה מהכחות לשפלים. ועל פי הרזים העמוקים האלה סובבים כל גלגולי הנהגתו ית’ בכל מה שהיה ושיהיה:

(c) 2015 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

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AT LONG LAST! Rabbi Feldman’s translation of Maimonides’ “Eight Chapters” is available here at a discount.

You can still purchase a copy of Rabbi Feldman’s translation of “The Gates of Repentance” here at a discount as well.

Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has also translated and commented upon “The Path of the Just” and “The Duties of the Heart” (Jason Aronson Publishers).

Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.