Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"The Way of G-d"

Part 2: “Divine Providence”
Chapter 4: “Israel and the Other Nations”

Paragraph 7

As everyone knows, you can tell the content of a person's dreams -- as well as the quality of his being -- by the rewards he hopes to earn for his efforts. And as is also true, the less appropriate his reward, the less pleased a person will be, and the less effort he'll make. That goes for a person's material as well as his spiritual dreams.

So if you value the life of the spirit and pursue metaphysical goals your whole life long, you'd be terribly disappointed being rewarded by a grand banquet, say, in the end, no matter how opulent. And you'd be disappointed to be rewarded by a set of esoteric religious texts, for example, no matter how profound, if you had striven for wealth your whole life long.

Now, as we'd depicted it, the reward due a person in the World to Come is closeness to G-d and the experience of basking in His supernal light forever. Obviously, some people would consider that an off-putting prospect and would do all they could to avoid it.

Ramchal's point here is that since nothing swells the heart of a true descendant of Abraham more than closeness to G-d in the World to Come, which was Abraham's ultimate goal, then we'll indeed be rewarded with it.

His other point is that those non-Jews who strove to draw close to G-d by adhering to the seven Noachite Laws will also earn a place there -- but a lesser one. Because they'd have done less to draw close to G-d here (i.e., they'd have fulfilled less mitzvot) than we had.

This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel, and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.

Subscribe to Ramchal and receive the class via e-mail.


 

ARTICLES ON BAMIDBAR AND SHAVUOS:

View Complete List

The Mitzvos Transform Us
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Not The Same
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

A Book of People
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

> Twins - People, United
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5764

Chaos in the Desert
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

What We See is What We Get
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

ArtScroll

Counting Delight
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

The Mitzvos Transform Us
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

In the Wilderness
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Everyone Counts
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Strength in Numbers
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

The Material of Spirituality
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Shavuos: Seven Special Weeks
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

Becoming The Head of The Household
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Speaking of the Desert
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

“I Wouldn’t Want to Be the One to Break that Chain!”
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information