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Where did the manuscript for Shoreshei HaMitzvot l’Ramchal come from?

The entire sefer can be read here for free (as Otzar HaChochmah now allows up to 150 pages of free viewing in each sefer, and this one is less than 150 pages). On p. 5 it says the person who published ...
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Need help in deciphering a Litvish term regarding Yichud Hashem

It looks like the first is שליטתו - His control, and the second is מציאותו - His “Existence”.
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Did the Ramchal have a beard?

The Ramchal's beardless face is referenced in several letters among the Italian rabbinic communities of the 18th century, all of which are part of the general controversy that escalated after the ...
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First edition of Mesillas Yesharim available online?

This sefer is available on the Otzar Hachochmah program. You can also view the sefer here: https://www.otzar.org/wotzar/book.aspx?53447 The first 40 pages are available for viewing for free. Beyond ...
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Machloket about the goal of the creation

This is the subject of R. Betzalel Naor's work, Mahol la-Tsaddikim, available here. From the description of the book on the website: Mahol la-Tsaddikim/Dance Circle for the Righteous explores the ...
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What does Ramchal refer to, when he says to know “principles”?

The Ramchal is making a general point that in any subject, it is easier to learn by first mastering the basic concepts. As I remember it, the sefer Derech Hashem as a whole is meant to teach you the ...
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Is serving Hashem in order to receive reward in Olam Habah ideal?

Your question is essentially how the Mesilat Yesharim can say a person should always aspire towards the reward of the World to Come, against the other sources which say a person shouldn't serve God in ...
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Who was the Ramchal fighting?

This opinion is rejected as directed by material passions (as described at the end of this post.). The "linear version" of Mesilat Yesharim summarized it in one statement: שתכלית בריאת האדם ...
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Did the Ramchal have a beard?

The first source saying that Ramchal “did not let his beard grow” was his early teacher and later critic Rabbi Yosef Ergas. See here for a translation of the quote: https://books.google.com/books?id=...
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Why is there no description of Olam Haba in the Torah?

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 ...
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Is serving Hashem in order to receive reward in Olam Habah ideal?

As I pointed out here, the Rambam you cite as being against worship for the sake of Olam Haba is contradicted by what he writes in several other places, including the immediately preceding halacha. ...
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Source for parable about two twins in the womb

Years later, I found a somewhat similar story quoted in R Akiva Tatz's Anatomy of a search. After checking with him, he pointed to More Nevuchim 2:17 as his source. It is not exactly the story in the ...
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The Epistemic Ramchal v. Maharal Debate - Does the Opposite of a Thing Define it?

The Ramchal and Maharal are speaking to the same point but from different perspectives. From our Human perspective, we can only perceive or understand something truly by virtue of its opposite. Being ...
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Machloket about the goal of the creation

From my blog post "Of Empty Cups": If one puts a cup in the sink, and the cup doesn’t fill as it ought, it could be for at least one of two basic reasons. The first is that the cup’s mouth isn’t ...
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Is serving Hashem in order to receive reward in Olam Habah ideal?

I've struggled with this question for a long time and I think the contradiction can be explained as follows: According to the Mishnah that one should not serve g-d for reward then one must struggle ...
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Mesilat Yesharim on Watchfulness

You seem to be reading the last paragraph quoted not in the proper context. The opening of the chapter (3:1-6) is the detailed explanation of the process of watchfulness (what you are being watchful ...
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First edition of Mesillas Yesharim available online?

Yup. First edition can be found on the site of the National Library of Russia, here.
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derech hashem and daath tevonos, same thing?

The sefer "Derech Hashem" provides perspective about mans relationship to the world through observance of the mitzvos. "Da'at Tevunot", written as a dialogue between the soul and the mind, involves ...
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Why is there no description of Olam Haba in the Torah?

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 ...
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What is the proof that HaShem's purpose in creation was to bestow good?

Rav Eliyahu Dessler in Michtav m'Eliyahu 5 p 78 uses that verse to prove it
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how does the yetzer hara rule over a person?

It seems through רוח שטות The spirit of folly Talmud. https://www.sefaria.org/Sotah.3a.4/he/Wikisource_Talmud_Bavli?lang=bi http://www.jewishaz.com/religiouslife/torahstudy/judaism-s-definition-of-...
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korat ruach versus nachat ruach in the "Path of the Just"?

In kesubos 40b the gemara explains that a rapist has to pay the raped woman damages (פגם) based on the her loss in value, which is estimated by how much a person would pay more for a virgin slave ...
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What is Avadon in the Mesilat Yesharim?

Sefer HaAruch defines אבדן as a composite of two words, אבא and דן. It means the source of all judgement, the highest and supreme level of judgement. In context, it would mean while you have the ...
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In what sense is fear of God alone wisdom?

Start by looking how the Ramchal defines yir'ah. Mesilas Yesharim ch. 24 distinguishes between fear of punishment and yir'as Shamayim -- fear of [the One in] heaven. Then he identifies two aspects of ...
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Mesilat Yesharim - What is a person's obligation

Ramchal in his commentary on the mishna in avot, 'do not become haughty if u have learned much torah for it is what you were created for', states that this (to be haughty) would be like a bird ...
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Are non-Jews held accountable for their deeds?

It is clear that Noachides are forbidden certain things. See The Prohibition Against Doing Anything that Contradicts the Belief in One God. My logic suggests that if there is no accountability, there ...
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Who was the Ramchal fighting?

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 ...
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