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Derech HaShem (The “Way of God”) is a philosophical text written in the s by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto. It systematizes the basic principles of Jewish. Luzzatto’s Derech Hashem and Luzzatto’s thought process. It begins with an Chaim Luzzatto de Derech Hashem et de Luzzatto à pensée. Il commence par. Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato’s (RaMChaL) Derech Hashem, is probably the most Translated into English by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, it was published in

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Maimonides 8 – Divinity of the Torah. Thus, at the top of each class in this course except for this introductory essayyou’ll find a number that looks like this: Towards ennglish More Fruity Existence.

Recognized as a young brilliant mystic, he led a mass of followers to believe that he was the messiah. In this course, we will follow that custom.

Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. By playing on the difficult conditions that most Jews were living in and the constant anti-Semitism, he convinced large numbers of Jews that the final redemption was imminent. It will also give an easy cross-reference to the book version of The Way of G-d translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, published by Feldheim that you should have available.

Written in the early 18th century by R abbi M oshe Ch aim L uzzatto known famously by the acronym RamchalThe Way of G-d is a highly systemized look at the basics of Jewish thought, including the existence of G-d the nature of G-d Divine providence prophecy the purpose of mitzvot this world and the afterlife the Jewish people among the nations This course will follow The Way of G-d in order, giving background and in-depth explanation where needed. Why Celebrate in the Dead of Winter?

1. The Way of G-d: Introduction

You will then attain the greatest benefit and gratification from this book. It is very much like the difference between looking at a well-arranged garden, planted in rows and patterns, versus seeing a wild thicket or forest growing in confusion.


The Ramchal writes that the essence of Torah is to be found in Kabbalah, and that all other learning is a preparation toward that goal. As he made his way toward Israel, he was stopped by the authorities in Turkey who imprisoned him.

So let’s get started by examining the Ramchal’s introduction to nashem book. One of the most fundamental concepts the Ramchal talks about in his works is the concept of applying Torah — that ultimately we should see the ideas of Torah as insights into life, and as an aid to where we fit into the bigger picture of creation.

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1. The Way of G-d: Introduction

He felt a need not to explain basic Jewish concepts, but to organize them. The book is organized into four dfrech sections: By using our site, you accept our use of cookies and our updated privacy policy. Because in order to provide maximum clarity, the Ramchal goes out of his way to define and clarify every point he makes along the way. And that disorganization makes it difficult to understand the bigger picture of the Torah’s view of life.

At the same time, European Jewry was going through a difficult period.

He starts by saying:. Dec 31 derwch Tevet Torah Portion. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Way of G-d: The Miracle of Jewish History. Top Jewish Stories of Read each word carefully, try to grasp the essence of each idea, and remember each thing accurately. Presented from a Kabbalistic perspective, yet presupposing no prior knowledge and without the use of Kabbalistic terminology, this work provides a foundation for understanding the worldview and ideas found in the Zoharthe writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria the Ari’zal and other Kabbalistic works.

The majority of his books deal with deep philosophical and Kabbalistic concepts that are fully accessible only to today’s biggest scholars. He wrote plays on themes of ethics and morality in Italian, works of poetry, philosophical works like Derech Hashemand perhaps his most famous book, Mesilat Yesharimthe Path of the Just.


Ramchal was born in Padua, Italy in to a traditional Jewish family. But more than that, the Ramchal will present it in a structure where all of the pieces fit beautifully together. The Kippah on Beale Street. We have to keep in mind that the Ramchal was writing to observant, generally well-educated Jews. Amidst this controversy, the Ramchal moved with his family to Amsterdam, where he took up a job as a lens cutter and avoided public attention, devoting himself instead to writing.

The Ramchal produced a tremendous literature over the course of his short life. I have worked to arrange these concepts in the order that seemed most suitable and in language considered most appropriate to provide a complete picture of what I deemed necessary.

Toward the end of the introduction, he says: No wonder that this book has been plumbed by the greatest scholars, and at the same time been the ultimate introduction to Judaism for the novice! Any classic work of literature can only be properly understood in the context of the culture and times that it stems from. The Ramchal ends with one exhortation: Under threats of death from the sultan, Shabbatai Tzvi converted to Islam. Egyptian Slavery, Desensitization and the Holocaust.

Your email address is kept private. A Match Made in Heaven. Mesilat Yesharim provides a practical Torah framework for personal spiritual growth, and became the guidebook for the Mussar movement in Judaism 80 years later.