Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"The Path of the Just"

Ch. 5 (Part 5)

And finally, you’re hardly likely to be cautious and purposeful in your service to G-d if your circle of friends runs in the other direction. For as Ramchal puts it, “even after the need for Divine service and caution become self-evident to a person” and he sets off in the right path, “he’d still-and-all might slacken-off … so his friends wouldn’t ridicule him and to fit in with them”.

Indeed, we all want to fit in, in the end. Not a single soul is happy being alone for long. Indeed, the very holiest among us have had their friends, even if they only saw or spoke to them occasionally and spent the greater part of their time communing with G-d and delving into His Torah.

For friends validate our opinions=2 0and they confirm our place in the cosmos while easing our fears and allowing us hope. So, when our friends seem to veer off from where we’re headed, we’re likely to pause and reconsider. After all, we’d always trusted them, and now they seem to think we’re somehow off the mark; should we change?

The point is, have the wrong friends and you’ll veer from the path of truth; have good and wholesome friends, and your search for spiritual excellence is all but assured.

In sum, we’re advised to be cautious in order to draw close to G-d and to perfect our beings (Ch. 2) by setting aside time for conscious refection upon our actions and ways (Ch. 3); by realizing what’s incumbent upon us (Ch. 4); and by steering clear of over-concern for worldly things, sarcasm, and bad company (Ch. 5).


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


 






ARTICLES ON TOLDOS:

View Complete List

Food For Thought
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

A Smart Bracha
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

You Threw it Out?!
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Choose a Direction
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Food For Thought
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Running Out Of Womb
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

ArtScroll

An Ongoing Battle
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Finding the Lost Eisav
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Clothing Alone Do Not Make the Man
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Twin Study....
Rabbi Label Lam - 5758

The Blessing of Blessing
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

Parshas Toldos
Shlomo Katz - 5770

> In the Face of Adversity
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Well, Well, Well
Shlomo Katz - 5764

A Time to pray and A Time to Laugh
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

People Only Contemplate Life When Dying
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761



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