Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Path of the Just:

Chapter 20 (Part 4)

So at bottom being pious not only comes to being scrupulously observant and reverential. To be so you’d also need to be sure to “evaluate all your actions in light of their consequences” as Ramchal underscores, and to make sure “they’re in harmony with the conditions you find yourself in”.

And if you find that not doing a usually pious deed “sanctifies the name of G-d and satisfies Him more than doing it, then you should refrain rather than do it”. Because, again, the principle is that “if an act appears to be good but it’s actually bad in its consequences … while if another act seems to be bad, but is actually good in its consequences, then you’re to act with the ultimate effect and outcome in mind” and do the latter.

But this is extraordinarily hard to determine oftentimes, and it’s easy to falter on either end. So Ramchal adds that one must be “understanding of heart and ready of mind” to be successful at this, “because it’s impossible to enunciate the infinite number of particulars” for you to consider and act upon. He assures us though that in the end, "G-d will give wisdom from His mouth, knowledge and understanding" (Proverbs 2:6).

Nonetheless his other point is that few people actually take this principle of balancing circumstances and actions into consideration -- yet one cannot truly be pious without it.


 

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 LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

The Mind's Eye
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

The Grand Prize of History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Big Potential
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Hey, Hey, Hey!
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

Saved in Yaakov's Merit
Shlomo Katz - 5761

The Standers and the Walkers
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Learning How To Walk
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Divine intervention in Our Wars Against Our Enemies
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

The chessed of Avraham
Shlomo Katz - 5773

> Lot’s and Lots of Opportunities
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Living Miraculously
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Avraham's Strange Reaction
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

ArtScroll

Every Drop Matters
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

A Self-Starter
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

I Lift My Hands
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

Redefining Pleasure
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772



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