Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Duties of the Heart

Gate Eight: "The Gate of Introspection"
Ch. 3 (Part 1)

It's become clear that introspection at bottom is the act of taking stock of what we've been granted and thanking the Supplier. But just imagine all the instances in life we could dwell on to do that! So since we couldn't possibly feature all of them we'll focus on thirty of the most fundamental of all. This too will obviously take us quite a while but it will prove to be very helpful and enlightening -- if we take each one to heart.

The first instance to consider, obviously, is our birth. Ibn Pakudah asks us to reflect upon the fact that we each came from out of nowhere to life itself "not as a result of our merits, but simply because of G-d's generosity, goodness, and kindness". How true. For each one of us could simply have never been, and nothing we'd done beforehand would have guaranteed us existence or deemed us indispensable. G-d's love and generosity alone allowed for us to be, and we have a lot to be thankful for, for that alone.

So we're charged to thank G-d outright for that privilege by reflecting upon the following. "Just imagine you were thrown out into the street by your mother as an infant" Ibn Pakudah offers, "and a passing stranger took pity on you, brought you home, and took it upon himself to raise you. Imagine how obliged you'd be to him ... !" That's all the more so true when it comes to G-d. We'd do well to use that as a model for how freely we should be giving our thanks to Him.


Text Copyright 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Worthy of the Brocha!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

The Standers and the Walkers
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Paradoxical Lot
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

ArtScroll

Go to the Land of Canaan
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Avraham Initiated The 2000 Years of Torah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Entering the Land of Canaan
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Living Miraculously
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Freedom of Man
Shlomo Katz - 5760

The Founders of Our People
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

> Lech Lecha
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Don't Walk in Front of Me (Anymore)
Shlomo Katz - 5763

The Internal Journey
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

It's All About Redemption Part III
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

Environmental Hazard
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Attitude Conditioning
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

To The Place G-d Will Show Us
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762



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