Shaarei Yosher, sec. 1: Mission – part 1

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    Since each person has unique capabilities and a unique mission, each mission statement has to be personalized in some way.

  2. micha says:

    RBM, you’ll see shortly that the answer is such a broad platitude that some customization is necessary in order to reduce it to pragmatics anyway.

    My point is to show that Rav Shimon will be presenting an alternative to many of the currently popular answers: intellectual perfection through Torah study, cleaving to G-d, sanctifying this world, etc… which are also platitudes too broad to implement without bringing yourself to the table to provide detail.

    This was just the first sentence of a two-and-a-half page text. Hang on for the ride, and feel free to invite your friends!

  3. Neil Harris says:

    I’m really looking forward to this venture.

    Perhaps (without sounding too Chassidush), the connection between “G-d’s ability to makes something from nothing” and giving blessing is that an aspect of ex nihilo is the paradox that Hashem “reduced” part of himself to make room for the world to be created (without really diminishing from his essence). Blessing/Bracha is similar in the sense that there is a constant flow of “goodness/chessed” from Hashem that is never ending and constantly replenished.

    PS- R Aryeh Kaplan has an essay regarding paradoxes in the “Aryeh Kaplan Reader”.

    • micha says:

      R’ Chaim, I won’t be getting more than 2-1/2 pages into the intro. Just the mussar piece.
      But I always wondered about the mishnah of “ein doreshin ba’arayos” and email lists or blogs…

      R’ Neil, I found the Google Books version of R’ Aryeh Kaplan’s essay “Paradoxes

  4. Bob Miller says:

    To what degree can a Jew intuit his own specific mission, and to what degree does he need mentors, etc., on a higher spiritual level to clue him in?

  5. I can’t wait until you reach Sec. 1, Ch. 14 then we can discuss if איסור נדה is dependant on the טומאת נדה or not…

  6. micha says:

    If anyone sees this and wishes to email me with a suggestion about how often the shiurim in this series ought to go out, I would appreciate it. I am trying to balance keeping the posts small enough to give you time to think through each point behispa’alus, but not going so slow that we lose R’ Shim’on’s train of thought.

  7. Andy says:

    Perhaps this belongs more on one of the ‘Forks’ posts linked-to here, but I’m not sure if anybody still looks at the comments over there…

    I’d be curious to understand how you see the approach of the Rambam fitting in to the d’veikus/temimus debate. In particular, his explanation at the end of the Moreh Nevuchim on the pasuk in Yirmiyahu (“ki im b’zot yithallel ha’mithallel…”). It seems to be almost the inverse of the Ramchal, advocating for d’veikus as a means to achieve temimus in this world.

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