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


 

ARTICLES ON TETZAVEH AND PURIM:

View Complete List

Shedding Our Skin
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Make Yourself At Home
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Eat, Drink and Be Merry: A Spiritual Celebration
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

His Worst Nightmare Realized
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Keeping our Wisdom
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Why Not Celebrate Our Hero's Birthdays?
Shlomo Katz - 5760

> Make It Perfectly Clear
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

If the Analogy Fits
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

Parshas Zachor
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Behind the Purim Mask
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

Timeless Battle
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

Tribute of Anonymity
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

ArtScroll

Behind the Scenes
Rabbi Jeff Kirshblum - 5764

Our Story is History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

The Heart Before the Force
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Troubles Aren't Just a Good Reason to Pray
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758



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