Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Path of the Just

Chapter 24 (Part 1)

The next trait we’re to strive for in our search for spiritual excellence is termed “the fear of sin”, which we’ll define below.

The first thing to notice about it, Ramchal points out, is the fact that it was placed so late in the list of traits that were cited in R’ Pinchas Ben Yair’s beraita which forms the basis of The Path of the Just (see Ramchal’s Introduction). That alone “underscores its importance” and shows just how “very special and essential a matter” it is, and just how “difficult it is to achieve”, Ramchal adjures.

He makes that point because on one level that’s sort of counter-intuitive: fear seems simple enough to come to and quite native to our make-up, given that there’s so much out there to fear, and that we’re riddled with fears of all kinds of noxious things. But Ramchal makes the point that our thinking so is based on a misunderstanding -- we’re confusing fear of this or that with what the beraita actually had in mind.

As Ramchal put it, “there are two sorts of fear -- actually three, the first of which is very easy to come to, in fact, there’s nothing easier to experience than it-- and the second of which is the hardest”.

That first category of fear is “the fear of punishment”, and the second is “the fear of, or reverence for God's Grandeur, which fear of sin is a subcategory of”.

But that calls for a lot of explanation.


 

Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org

Rabbi Feldman's new book, Bachya Ibn Pakuda's The Duties of the Heart, is now available! Order Now


 

ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

Of Seeds and Growth
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Moshe's Incredible Humility
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5763

Every Good Deed Rewarded
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Stiff-Necked People
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Miraculous Nature
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Was It Really Fair-oh?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

> The New Year for Trees
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

The Song That Never Ends
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Rough Beginnings
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Seeing the Hand of God
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Don't Squander It
Rav Frand - 5768

Can A Person Sleep For Seventy Years?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

ArtScroll

Seamless Song
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

Building a Spiritual Pipeline
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

The Plague of Darkness of Every Generation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Life is a Stage
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770



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