Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"Eight Chapters"

Chapter Five (Part 6)

But if we're to be honest with ourselves we'd have to admit that none of this is easy.

After all, this chapter is entitled "Using *all* your personal capacities to one end alone" -- to the end of drawing close to G-d; and that's very, very demanding. Because we're so easily distracted by this and that, so easily dazzled by all sorts of shiny new things that we find ourselves forgetting G-d for weeks at a time (perhaps years).

In fact, though, Rambam recognizes that. He terms it "a very high and formidable level that few attain", he acknowledges that even those few who come to it only do so "after a great deal of preparation", and he even concedes that "anyone who proved to be like that (would be) on par with the prophets"!

So why would he recommend it for each one us? Wouldn't we be setting ourselves up for failure -- and for a failure of cosmic proportions?

Nonetheless, as Rambam points out, that's exactly "what G-d meant for us all to set as our goal". After all, didn't He Himself charge us to love Him "with all your heart, with your entire being, and with all your means" (Deuteronomy 6:5)? Weren't we told to “Know Him in all your ways“ (Proverbs 3:6)? And we're we advised to do “all (we) do for the sake of Heaven“ (Pirkei Avot 2:15), which has all sorts of implications?

Apparently then G-d has a great deal of faith in us. And though He knows that such a goal might discourage us and throw us off once in a while, He likewise knows our hearts and capacities better than we ourselves do, and He extends us the offer to strive for the sort of spiritual excellence we're indeed capable of.


Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Three Philosophies at Bavel
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

Hide the Shame
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

Missed Opportunities
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

ArtScroll

How To Need Nothing And Have Everything
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

The Hidden Blessing
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

People In Stone Houses Shouldn
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Meaningful Speech
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Raising Children: The Secret of Success
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Understanding the Faith of Noach
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Make it a Habit
Shlomo Katz - 5774

What Was Noach's Greatest Legacy?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

A Second Chance
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

> What Goes Around Comes Around
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

'Moment'ary Blunders
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Internal Beliefs Have External Effects
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Resilience is Key
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767



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