Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"Eight Chapters"

Chapter Two (Part 3)

As everyone knows, the busiest, noisiest, and most complex aspect of our beings is our emotional center. Everything we do, experience, think about, and yearn for passes through it and leaves its mark. Though most are dim and mundane, some of the marks left there are quite stunning and affect us on a very deep, recondite level. The lot of them, though, are the stuff out of which our characters are made.

For as we learned above, our emotions are the one aspect of our Spirit that are most directly related to our ethical and Torah-based choices that touch on character virtues and flaws. (We also learn that our senses, the final aspect of our Spirit, merely feed our emotions, as when we hear something off-putting and either respond angrily or with equanimity, etc.)

Now, there's an overabundance of emotional traits open to us, including but certainly not limited to the ones Rambam will be concentrating on here: temperance, generosity, justice, patience, humility, goodwill, courage, and sensitivity. None is inherently good or bad (though some are better than others), and all can serve either good or bad ends. In any event Rambam's major contention throughout this work is that a character trait is flawed only when it's either overdone or underdone -- when too minimal or exaggerated. We'll delve into this at great length later on.

The underlying point for now, though, is that our free choices are more relevant to our emotions than to any other aspect of our being.


Text Copyright 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org


 
Sell Chometz Online


ARTICLES ON TZAV AND PESACH:

View Complete List

Pie From the Sky
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Relating the Chain of Events: Part 2
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Relentless Struggle
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5763

ArtScroll

In Command of Redemption
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

And You Shall Tell Your Son
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5774

The Meaning of Freedom
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

> Aharon Was Hesitant To Spend Money On Koban Olah, So Hashem Charged It
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

Double Entendre In the Word
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

Divine Worship
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Dangers of Being Leader
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

What's With the Number Four?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Amalek and the Yetzer Hara
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Bringing Close
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Different Generations / Different Challenges
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5768

Fit To Serve
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Willingness To Self-Negate Is The Prerequisite of Peace
- 5769



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