Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"The Path of the Just"

Ch. 6 (Part 1)

We’d been introduced to “caution” by a quick foray into the Garden of Eden, when wrongdoing and folly came to the fore (see 2:1). We’ll begin our discussion of Ramchal’s next trait, “enthusiasm”, with a leap into the Messianic Era, when all of that will start to be undone.

Ramchal will clue us into the latent spiritual nature of “enthusiasm” -- in terms of a sense of zest and quickness -- when he’ll say in the next chapter that enthusiasm is “the one great trait of perfection presently lacking in human nature”. How could he say that, when so many people are enthusiastic about so many things? Obviously, then, we’re talking about something other than simple enthusiasm for a project or a career for example. So let’s turn to a reference he makes about the Messianic Era in another work to see what Ramchal’s referring to.

Things will begin to become extraordinary then, Ramchal points out. For “joy will be very great, and blessings will grow greater and greater”, and time will quickly and enthusiastically begin to shorten, in that “everything will occur instantaneously” (Ma’amar HaGeulah 42). In fact, we’re told that “(A) woman will conceive and be in labor at once” (Jeremiah 31:8) then. And that zest and quickness will be a physical sign of the sort of enthusiasm that will prevail. So we see that there’s a definite other-worldly side to enthusiasm.

Ramchal says elsewhere, in fact, that while enthusiasm is angelic, as is demonstrated by the verse that reads “And the Chayot-Angels ran to and fro like bolts of lightning” (Ezekiel 1:14), its opposite, laziness, is rooted in unholiness (Adir Bamarom p. 291). So let’s explore the sort of enthusiasm we’d need to muster to achieve spiritual excellence.


Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON KEDOSHIM AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Don't Take it to Heart
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

Kiddush Moments
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Naturally! (Not)
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Don't Take Revenge...
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

The Decline
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

Everybody's a Dreamer – Everybody's a Star
Jon Erlbaum - 0

> Following Torah Standards
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

The Reason The Torah Prohibits Marrying Two Sisters
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Significance of the Omer
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

ArtScroll

The Kedusha Infomercial
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Fun vs. Pleasure
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Becoming Holy
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Faith Healer
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Holy, or Not Holy - That is the Question!
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Growth Period
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Good Salesman
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764



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