Monthly Archives: July 2015

Preview of 2:1:1

{The wrong lesson went out last time — this is what should have been sent.)

Everything single being was created to play a specific and important part in the ultimate goal. Thus,everything’s makeup was specifically formulated by G-d to fulfill its purpose.

It follows then that everything continues to exist in order to benefit the whole. That’s why G-d decided to oversee each thing to keep it on the course He wanted it to follow.

(For technical reasons we won’t be including the Hebrew text for a while).

(c) 2015 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

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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”.

Derech Hashem 1:5:10

It’s angels who actualize all of the phenomena cited above and oversee them [1], be those things good or not [2]. They are G-d’s appointed agents, following His directives and plans. And each sort of angel has its own sphere of influence [3].

Footnotes:

[1]         Angels were cited at the very beginning of this chapter, at 1:5:1, where they were differentiated from the Transcendent Forces. Thus, the statement above that the angels actualize and oversee “all of the phenomena cited above” refers to the contents of this entire chapter.

[2]         Just as there are holy angels there are “angels of destruction” as well, that carry out unholy and destructive missions. See 2 Samuel 24:16 for one instance of the latter.

[3]         We come now to the very end of the first section, of “The Way of G-d” which is entitled “The Fundamental Principles of Reality”, and we’re about to begin the second section, “Divine Providence”.

In broad strokes, we’ve covered G-d, the purpose of creation, humankind, human responsibility, and the spiritual realm (as well as so much more) in this first section. And we’re about to touch upon the following in the next one: Divine providence in general, humankind in this world, personal providence, Israel and the other nations, how Divine providence works, the system of Divine providence, the influence of the stars, the details of Divine providence, and much more.

 

(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”.