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Derech Hashem 2:3:3

2:3:3

It follows  then [1] that all of our successes and failures are meant to challenge us one way or another [2]. It’s just that G-d Himself sees to it that each challenge is to be the best one for the person experiencing it [3].

Footnotes:

[1]         That is, based on the principle cited in 2:3:2 that all of our moral challenges play a role in the benefit or detriment of the universe, and are meted out to us with an end in mind, it follows that ….

[2]         Elsewhere Ramchal reiterates that our successes as well as failures are challenges (Messilat Yesharim Ch. 1), he indicates that one’s successes are a often a consequence of his attaching onto G-d (Da’at Tevunot 40, 160) while his failures are often an outcome of his wrongful actions (2:3:4 below and Klach Pitchei Chochma 49), and he illustrates the factors that go into an individual’s successes and failures (Da’at Tevunot 170).

[3]         Once again the point is that nothing is random — everything is purposeful, ultimately beneficial and for a particular end, which is the perfection of the universe.

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Preview of 2:3:3

It follows then that all of your successes and failures serve to challenge you. It’s just that G-d has seen to it that each one would be appropriate to you specifically.

ג נמצא לפי השרש הזה, שהצלחות העוה”ז וצרותיו יהיו לשינוסה בם האדם בחלק מחלקי הנסיון, ששיערה החכמה העליונה היותו נאות לאיש ההוא:

(c) 2016 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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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”.

 

Derech Hashem 2:3:2

2:3:2

As we’d said before, each and everything in this world is drawn downward in a cascade from the Transcendental Forces until it assumes a material form in this world [1].

As such, each aspect of the moral challenges we all face that we’d spoken about [2] likewise begins in the Transcendent Realm, and it assumes a function here based on the role it plays in the world’s “repairs” or “damages” mentioned [3].  It’s also true that the way each challenge is meted out to every particular person in this world  is likewise rooted in the Transcendental Forces. And this meting out is determined by every pertinent detail involved on every level.

It’s also clear from the central role played by the Transcendent Forces and G-d’s interactions with them and everything [4] that G-d Himself scrutinizes the entire process and decrees what’s to apply to whom based upon what’s most fitting.

Footnotes:

[1]         See 1:5:2.

It was said in 2:3:1 that “it was G-d who determined what would go into human nature … along with their causes and effects, and everything else connected to them”; we now delve into the mechanics and structure behind much of that.

[2]         See 2:3:1.

[3]         See 1:5:7.

[4]         See 1:5:3.

That’s to say that everything that goes into our personal challenges, circumstances, makeup, surroundings, and more that somehow or another fits into the growth and perfection of the cosmos is rooted in the highest reaches of Heaven and overseen by G-d Almighty Himself. Dare we wonder whether we and our challenges matter in the course of things?

(c) 2016 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”.

 

Preview of 2:3:2

As we’d said, everything in this world pours downward in a cascade from the Transcendental Forces until it assumes a material form.

Each aspect of the moral challenges we all face likewise begins in the Transcendent Realm and assumes a function here based on the world’s “repairs” or “damages”. And the way each challenge is meted out is also rooted in the Transcendental Forces. The distribution is determined by every detail on every level.

G-d then scrutinizes the entire process then decrees which is to apply to whom.

ב. והנה בהיות עניני העולם כלם נמשכים ונעתקים בהשתלשלות מענין לענין, ממציאותם בנבדלים עד מציאותם בגשמים וכמש”ל בחלק א’ פרק ה’,

הנה כל הענינים האלה, פרטי נסיונו של האדם כמ”ש, מתחיל שרש בחינתם בנבדלים לפי המציאות השייך בהם מתיקון וקלקול כמש”ל, וכפי ענינם שם נידונין ונגזרים להמצא ולהתפשט עד הגשמיות באישים הראוים להם, עד שבכלל דין החילוק הזה, יכנסו כל פרטי המציאות למדריגותיהם.

ועל כלם השקיף החכמה העליונה, וכפי אמתת מציאותן תגזור את היותר נאות והגון, וזה ברור כפי העיקרים שהקדמנו:

(c) 2016 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”.