Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Duties of the Heart

Gate Five: "Dedicating Our Actions to God"

Chapter 1

As every honest person knows, each one of us is a waiter darting back and forth, table to table, filling the orders of many diners. And though most of us only wish we could be served, too, the true seeker of spiritual excellence wants to know how to "serve" G-d and G-d alone.

That's the context this gate fits into. It's termed "dedicating your actions to G-d", as we noted, and what that comes down to, Ibn Pakudah tells us, is making sure that everything we do is done in the service of G-d alone. That nothing we do be extraneous to that and certainly not contrary to it.

But there's another element of his definition that we left aside till now, which is that that includes everything we do both *"in private and in public"*. Which is to say that not only are we to dedicate our actions to G-d, but our thoughts and our very heart and soul as well. That's where the demands are deepest -- and the results most palpable.

In any event, this gate will explore the ramifications of all that.

Subscribe to Spiritual Excellence and receive the class via e-mail.


 
Sell Chometz Online


ARTICLES ON TZAV AND PESACH:

View Complete List

15 Steps To Freedom
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Maybe Next Year, in Jerusalem!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Intimacy On A Higher Scale
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

ArtScroll

Kid Tips
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

No Free Meal
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

The Realm of the Extraordinary
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Almighty Dollar
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

The Torah is Concerned With the Pride of the Poor
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

Pie From the Sky
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Good ‘Till the Last Drop
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Yosef’s Bones And Splitting Of The Sea: A Lesson In Unity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

Would it Have Sufficed?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

> Matzah and Guideposts
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Amalek and the Yetzer Hara
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Command
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

A Well-Red Parshah
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760



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