Maharal, Derekh Chaim 1:2 (part 3) – Relationship ep. 3
Thursday night (Mar 10th, 2022) 7pm EST we continued our study of Meharal, Derekh haChaim 1:2. Go to http://thekloiz.aishdas.org for links to the Zoom room, a link to join the WhatsApp group, to recordings of past shiurim, and the other posts like this one.
The resource sheet is on Sefaria at https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/385854
EDIT: The shiur has been recorded:
Our first weeks at Zelmele’s Kloiz had lots of wonderful give and take, and many of us stayed on afterward for exciting discussions. (Which personally, I found quite informative.) Join us at The Kloiz this week!
The story so far:
Relationship to Soul
|Relationship to Hashem||Relationship to Others|
|Crowned Kelim||Aron||Mizbeiach haZahav||Shulchan|
|Uncrowned Keilim||Menorah||Mizbeiach Nekhoshes||Kiyor|
|Uprooting Sin||Gilui Arayos||Avodah Zara||Shefichas Damim|
There were also some interesting observations last week about how these relate. For example, for the Mabul, the Maharal shows how the generation abandoned all three pilars, engaging in idolatry, sexual immorality AND chamas (fiscal dishonesty) before Hashem would destroy the world. However, violating a single one of three is enough to make a sin egregious enough to be yeihareig ve’al ya’avor. (On the other hand, chamas isn’t murder.)
We took a detour when learning the 12th paragraph. (They are numbered on Sefaria, and therefore on the source sheet.) We compared the Maharal’s statement about how the world exists through the life it gets from Torah to Nefesh haChaim shaar 4. I hope to start this week’s shiur with a look at why I don’t think that’s so simple.