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the Ramchal brings sources for this in chapter 1 of the common Mesilat Yesharim Behold, our sages, of blessed memory, have taught us that man was created solely to rejoice in G-d and to delight in the splendor of the Shechina (divine presence). For this is true joy, and the greatest possible pleasure that can possibly exist. The place of this joy ...


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I revised entirely my answer after a re-lecture inside the Mesilat Yesharim Seder Vikuach. This opinion, rejected as directed by Taavot is: The world was created for an unknown purpose. It contains a large variety of possibilities for reach material pleasures and contemplation of his impressive intelligence. He created Mankind to reach pleasures from the ...


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Although not explicit on this point, it would seem that according to Rashi the Torah DOES describe the World to Come at the beginning of Parashat Bechukotai. When Hashem says in Vayikra והתהלכתי בתוככם 26:12 - "I will walk in your midst" as part of the reward for keeping the mitzvot, Rashi comments that Hashem is saying: 'I will stroll with you in Gan Eden'. ...



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