Part 2: “Divine Providence”, Chapter 2: “Mankind in this world”
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzattos The Way of G-d
as taught by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman
Though we prefer not to think as much, there are utterly evil and wrongful
people in the world. Their beings are so suffused with the sort of opaque,
murky, noisome, and unctuous blemish spoken of as a consequence of all the
wrong they've done that they'll *never* draw close to G-d.
Yet they'd certainly done *some* good in their lives, though. For everything
we do in this world is an awkward and oftentimes off-putting blend of right
and wrong, good and bad. And justice would demand that they be rewarded for
the good they'd done, the same way it would demand that they suffer the
consequences of all their wrongdoing. Just as justice would demand that
everything we do be duly noted, and that the *good within the bad* we do be
rewarded much the way the *bad within the good* be recompensed.
Yet none of the good the sort of utterly evil people we're speaking about had
done was qualitatively or quantitatively good enough to earn them a place in
the World to Come.
The few good things they've done *are* indeed rewarded after all, though. But
only in their lifetimes, and not in either the Soul Realm or The World to
But being the sort of people they are, worldly reward seems glorious to them.
The truth is, though, that no worldly reward could ever match the true and
eternal bliss the soul revels in.
This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel,
and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.
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