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4 made it even more palatable but the phrase "has been" is disingenuous
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To overgeneralize, I bet there is a copy of the mesillas yesharim in almost every orthodox home, shul and beis medrash. I'm wondering why this work is so popular and accepted.

My wondering is prompted by two possible objections to this work:

  1. The author, the Ramchal, has been the subject of controversy, suspectedincluding suspicion of having sympathies to Shabbtai Tzvi (see paragraph 5 for a concise summary) and for having delusions of beingbelieving that he was the messiah (see, for example his ketubah).

  2. It's hardThe content itself may be difficult to see how this work is usefuluse as a tool for personal development. Any reader would be hard pressed to believe that he has progressed past the first few stages outlined in this seemingly impossible ladder presented by the authorwork.

What is it about the Messilas Yesharim that makes it so universally accepted as a classic work?

To overgeneralize, I bet there is a copy of the mesillas yesharim in almost every orthodox home, shul and beis medrash. I'm wondering why this work is so popular and accepted.

My wondering is prompted by two possible objections to this work:

  1. The author, the Ramchal, has been the subject of controversy, suspected of having sympathies to Shabbtai Tzvi (see paragraph 5 for a concise summary) and for having delusions of being the messiah (see, for example his ketubah).

  2. It's hard to see how this work is useful as a tool for personal development. Any reader would be hard pressed to believe that he has progressed past the first few stages in this seemingly impossible ladder presented by the author.

What is it about the Messilas Yesharim that makes it so universally accepted as a classic work?

To overgeneralize, I bet there is a copy of the mesillas yesharim in almost every orthodox home, shul and beis medrash. I'm wondering why this work is so popular and accepted.

My wondering is prompted by two possible objections to this work:

  1. The author, the Ramchal, has been the subject of controversy, including suspicion of having sympathies to Shabbtai Tzvi (see paragraph 5 for a concise summary) and for believing that he was the messiah (see, for example his ketubah).

  2. The content itself may be difficult to use as a tool for personal development. Any reader would be hard pressed to believe that he has progressed past the first few stages outlined in this work.

What is it about the Messilas Yesharim that makes it so universally accepted as a classic work?

    Post Closed as "not constructive" by Gershon Gold, Isaac Moses, Monica Cellio
3 attmpted to make the question less confrontational
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What's the big deal over Why is the Mesillas Yesharim so popular and accepted?

To overgeneralize, I bet there is a copy of the mesillas yesharim in almost every orthodox home, shul and beis medrash. I'm wondering why this work is so popular and accepted. It was written

My wondering is prompted by a very controversial figure, the Ramchal, who from his own time till today was suspected of having sympathies to Shabbtai Tzvi (see paragraph 5 for a concise summary) and who clearly had delusions of being the messiah (see, for example his ketubah). Furthermore the work hardly seems remarkable in terms of it's content. Any reader would be hard pressedtwo possible objections to believe that he has progressed past the first few stages in this seemingly impossible ladder presented by the author. work:

  1. The author, the Ramchal, has been the subject of controversy, suspected of having sympathies to Shabbtai Tzvi (see paragraph 5 for a concise summary) and for having delusions of being the messiah (see, for example his ketubah).

  2. It's hard to see how this work is useful as a tool for personal development. Any reader would be hard pressed to believe that he has progressed past the first few stages in this seemingly impossible ladder presented by the author.

What is it about the Messilas Yesharim that makes it so universally accepted as a classic work?

What's the big deal over the Mesillas Yesharim

To overgeneralize I bet there is a copy of the mesillas yesharim in almost every orthodox home, shul and beis medrash. I'm wondering why this work is so popular and accepted. It was written by a very controversial figure, the Ramchal, who from his own time till today was suspected of having sympathies to Shabbtai Tzvi (see paragraph 5 for a concise summary) and who clearly had delusions of being the messiah (see, for example his ketubah). Furthermore the work hardly seems remarkable in terms of it's content. Any reader would be hard pressed to believe that he has progressed past the first few stages in this seemingly impossible ladder presented by the author.

What is it about the Messilas Yesharim that makes it so universally accepted as a classic work?

Why is the Mesillas Yesharim so popular and accepted?

To overgeneralize, I bet there is a copy of the mesillas yesharim in almost every orthodox home, shul and beis medrash. I'm wondering why this work is so popular and accepted.

My wondering is prompted by two possible objections to this work:

  1. The author, the Ramchal, has been the subject of controversy, suspected of having sympathies to Shabbtai Tzvi (see paragraph 5 for a concise summary) and for having delusions of being the messiah (see, for example his ketubah).

  2. It's hard to see how this work is useful as a tool for personal development. Any reader would be hard pressed to believe that he has progressed past the first few stages in this seemingly impossible ladder presented by the author.

What is it about the Messilas Yesharim that makes it so universally accepted as a classic work?

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