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According to Shadal: That the Israelites at the time of Moses believed in the immortality of the soul can be perceived beyond doubt from the law that forbids consultation with the dead. Moses implicitly teaches of a blessedness beyond this life when he narrates that Abel’s sacrifice was pleasing to God, and that Abel was murdered soon after, as well as ...


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The advice of making a cheshbono shel olam seems to be to treat religion as you would a business, which requires a profit and loss statement to know if the business is heading in the right direction. Once you accept that premise you will keep the company ledger in mind when performing a mitzva or aveira, and do an end-of-day profit and loss statement which ...


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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 past activity? But the author explain that the result of C.H is also to improve future actions. When he marvels at this ...


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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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