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Spiritual Excellence

Spiritual Excellence

By Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel z”l, and Sara Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid, z”l.

This series is geared to all, from beginners to advanced. The series will focus on a close and slow reading of several classical works of Mussar (Ethical Exhortation), including “The Gates of Repentance” (Shaarei Tshuvah), “The Duties of the Heart” (Chovos Halevovos), “The Path of the Just” (Mesillas Yesharim), and “The Eight Chapters” (Shmoneh Perakim). Spiritual Excellence will be conducted by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman, and will be based on his translations of and commentaries to these famous works. Participants will begin with the study of “The Gates of Repentance”.

For any comments, questions or topic requests, please contact Rabbi Yaakov Feldman.

  • Nephesh Hachaim 1:7
  • Nephesh HaChaim


    Gate 1

    Ohr Yisroel

    A Biographical Sketch of Rabbi Yisroel Salanter

    Rabbi Salanter's Innovations

    Rabbi Salanter's Letters

    Eight Chapters


    Rambam's Introduction

    Chapter One

    Chapter Two

    Chapter Three

    Chapter Four

    Chapter Five

    Chapter Six

    Chapter Seven

    Chapter Eight

    The Gates of Repentance

    Gate 1

    Gate 2

    Gate 3

    Gate 4

    The Duties of the Heart


    Gate One. "The Wholehearted Acceptance of the Oneness of G-d"

    Gate Two: "Reflecting Upon Created Things

    Gate Three: "Serving G-d"

    Gate Four: "On Trusting G-d"

    Gate Five: "Dedicating Our Actions to God"

    Gate Six: "Surrendering to G-d"

    Gate Seven: "The Gate of Teshuvah"

    Gate Eight: "The Gate of Introspection"

    Gate Nine: "The Gate of Abstinence"

    Gate Ten: "Loving G-d Wholeheartedly"

    The Path of the Just


    Ramchal's Introduction

    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Chapter 5

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    Chapter 8

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Chapter 11

    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13

    Chapter 14

    Chapter 15

    Chapter 16

    Chapter 17

    Chapter 18

    Chapter 19

    Chapter 20

    Chapter 21

    Chapter 22

    Chapter 23

    Chapter 24

    Chapter 25

    Chapter 26