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. 6

What are we to do after having dwelt upon all we have in this chapter? Are we just to go about our business and find another "project" to busy ourselves with? Are we to just begin again from the beginning (after all, weren't we told to ponder what we'd come upon in this chapter "deeply and repeatedly" [8:3 Part 9])? Or is there yet another factor to consider?

The two best things to do after engaging in introspection clearly and intelligently, we're told, is to understand what we're meant to accomplish by it, and to dedicate ourselves to Gd in the process. That's to say, to always remind ourselves to practice introspection consciously and purposefully rather by rote and to emphasise our relationship with G-d.

For when you do, we're all promised, G-d will help you fulfill His mitzvot, and He'll also "teach you by the light of wisdom and enlighten you with the radiance of reason". As a result "you'll enjoy serenity and your mind will be free of the world's anxieties and attractions. You'll rejoice in the service of the Creator and delight in the fact that you peered into some of wisdom's mysteries in all their brilliance."

And you'll be counted among those who "fulfill the duties of the heart and the physical duties easily, eagerly and enthusiastically", who "have come upon wisdom" and "act righteously all the time". Ibn Pakudah then concludes this chapter with the plea that "Gd in His compassion place us in their midst, and include us in their category".


Text Copyright 2005 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON KI SAVO AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Be a New Person
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

The Essence of Jewish History
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

The Act of Investing
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

> What's in a Smile...
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Overlook It When You've Been Wronged
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

First Fruits
Shlomo Katz - 5763

ArtScroll

More and More Ourselves
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

First Impressions
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

The Sounds of the Shofar
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

And Straight Again!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Little Things Make a Difference
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

A Spiritual Time
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Say It With Chumros
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

The Kohain Connection
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Fine Print
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

An Opportunity Not To Be Missed
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 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