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This is an excellent question. this passage is hard to decipher. The Chazal of "המושלים ביצרם...‏" comes after the advice given to make Cheshbon Hanefesh. So, apparently, the moshlim talk about this. What has happened as a result of this? But when he marvels at this statements, he shows that only a "Moshel" can see good and evil as concrete objects. We ...


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it is confusing what he means in the introduction regarding piety. He starts and ends his book talking about piety, although "piety" is merely one of the traits listed in the ladder of ascent. Here is an excerpt of a commentary from Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna on the Mesilas Yesharim which explains what it is doing in the introduction of the book (I am answering ...


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The Messilat Yesharim gives a definition in chapter 18, "Definition of Midat Chasidut (CONCERNING THE TRAIT OF SAINTLINESS)" here is an extract:הנה שורש החסידות הוא מה שאמרו זכרונם לברכה (ברכות יז, א) אשרי אדם שעמלו בתורה ועושה נחת רוח ליוצרו. והענין הוא כי הנה המצות המוטלות על כל ישראל כבר ידועות הן וחובתן ידועה עד היכן היא מגעת, אמנם מי שאוהב את הבורא ...



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