Maharal, Derekh Chaim 1:2 (part 5) – Relationship ep. 5

(If you missed any of parts 1 – 4, see their posts in The Kloiz Aspaqlaria category.)

Thursday night (Mar 31st, 2022) 7pm EDT we completed our study of Maharal, Derekh haChaim 1:2, and started looking at the source material for the Vilna Gaon’s Peirush al Kama Agados, agadah #14.

Go to 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 for the Maharal is on Sefaria at
and the
sheet for the Vilna Gaon is at

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.) This week (Thu Apr 7th) is a great time to join, as we start a new text — the Vilna Gaon’s Peirush al Kamah Agados, agadah #14!

The story so far (the table may yet grow with the Gra):

TovInherent /
Relationship to Soul
Relationship to HashemRelationship to Others
Crowned KelimAronMizbeiach haZahavShulchan
Uncrowned KeilimMenorahMizbeiach NekhoshesKiyor
PillarsTorahAvodahGemilus Chasadim
Uprooting SinGilui ArayosAvodah ZaraShefichas Damim
Sustains the world… gives the world value.… for it was created liKhvodi… causes Hashem’s Chessed to the world
Yaaqov/Yisrael as SynthesisYaaqov
Rivqa’s two bracelets of 5 gold each
Rivqa’s nose-ring
Sefer haYetzirah “Mother Letters”אשמ
Non-Intert ElementsAir/Wind (אוויר)Fire (אש)Water (מים)
Element as MiddahThought
in Torah
Passion / “Hislahavus
in Avodah
Calm / Unity
in relating to other people
Anshei Keneses haGadolahEstablishing many studentsDiligence in LawMaking a siyag laTorah
(i.e. morality rather than precise Law)
(Synthesis or Dialectic)
Truth / LawPeace / Lovingkingness

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