Path Of The Just Moshe Chayim Luzzatto

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Path Of The Just  by  Moshe Chayim Luzzatto

Path Of The Just by Moshe Chayim Luzzatto
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Mesillat Yesharim or Mesillas Yeshorim (Hebrew: מסילת ישרים, lit. Path of the Upright) is an ethical (musar) text composed by the influential Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (1707–1746). It is different from Luzzatos other writings, which are moreMoreMesillat Yesharim or Mesillas Yeshorim (Hebrew: מסילת ישרים‎, lit.

Path of the Upright) is an ethical (musar) text composed by the influential Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (1707–1746). It is different from Luzzatos other writings, which are more philosophical.Mesillat Yesharim is probably Rabbi Luzzatos most influential work, widely learned in virtually every yeshiva since formal study of musar texts was introduced to the yeshiva curriculum by the Mussar Movement of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter.The aim is the perfection of character.

Unlike many other musar books, which are ordered according to the authors own lists of character traits,Rabbi Luzzato builds his work on a Beraita (quoted in many places, including Bablylonian Talmud, (Avodah Zarah 20b)) in the name of the sage Pinchas ben-Yair, whose list goes in order of accomplishment: Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair said: Torah leads to watchfulness- Watchfulness leads to alacrity- Alacrity leads to cleanliness- Cleanliness leads to abstention- Abstention leads to purity- Purity leads to piety- Piety leads to humility- Humility leads to fear of sin- Fear of sin leads to holiness- Holiness leads to prophecy- Prophecy leads to the resurrection of the dead.Within each step, Rabbi Luzzatto explains the step itself, its elements, how it can be acquired, and what might detract from its acquisition.Mesillat Yesharim is perhaps the most important Jewish ethical text of the post-Middle Ages period.

The Vilna Gaon is reported to have commented that he couldnt find a superfluous word in the first eleven chapters of the work, and stated that he would have traveled to meet the author and learn from his ways if hed still been alive.



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