For example, is there a reason for the mitzvah of bitachon? Of emunah? I think this is important to know because the Chovos Halevavos here appears to say one should do rational mitzvos both because God said and for their rationale. But I wonder if the idea of טעמי המצוות is at all applicable to duties of the heart. It seems strange to consider that there may be an underlying "reason" for mitzvos such as emunah and bitachon...

  • Could you please explain a bit more what you mean to those unfamiliar with what you're discussing. For example, what do you mean a mitzvah of bitachon. How does it differ from emunah. What are duties of the heart. Why do you think duties of the heart shouldn't have a rationale?
    – robev
    Jan 28 at 5:03
  • Regarding emunah, the sefer HaChinuch suggests a rationale
    – robev
    Jan 28 at 5:03
  • Read the introduction of Chovos Halevavos.
    – N.T.
    Jan 28 at 7:53
  • But this is an odd question because objectively I would have far more difficulty trying to find a rationale for the mitzvos maasiyos?
    – The GRAPKE
    Jan 28 at 22:06

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