Mishna 6(a): Rabbis Versus Friends

“Yehoshua ben (son of) Perachia and Nittai of Arbel received the transmission from them [the rabbis of Mishna 4]. Yehoshua ben Perachia said: Make for yourself a rabbi, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every person favorably.” This mishna brings us...

Chapter 3:5 Personal Providence

Derech Hashem — The Way of G-d 2:3:5 Based on this we can now understand why some people suffer trials and tribulations 1. A person who’s mostly righteous, or somewhat righteous and somewhat wrongful 2 could be subject to tribulations because he warranted...

Chapter 3:4 Personal Providence

Derech Hashem — The Way of G-d 2:3:4 Sometimes we succeed or fail in life to one degree or another because of our deeds rather than our personality 1. Some righteous people, for example, might deserve a degree of Divine assistance, others might deserve more, and...

Chapter 3:3 Personal Providence

Derech Hashem — The Way of G-d 2:3:3 It follows then 1 that all of our successes and failures are meant to challenge us one way or another 2. It’s just that G-d Himself sees to it that each challenge is to be the best one for the person experiencing it 3....
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