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Chovot Halevavot was written by Bachya ben Joseph ibn Paquda Not much is known about Ibn Paquda other than that he was a well-regarded. Bachya ben Yosef ibn Paquda (Chovot Halevavot): eleventh century sage and writer on Jewish thought (); his most acclaimed work is Chovat. My intention in this article is to neither promote nor denigrate Sufism. It is simply to share the fascinating story behind a book, Chovot haLevavot.

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Hitler’s Germany was Amalek. The Rambam writes the following:.

The question with him is rather, How can one know a being who is so far beyond our mental comprehension that we can not even define Him? The Poskim applied the lesson of Yehoshafat towards our relationships with non-observant Jews. Rabbeinu Bachya, following the Gemara in Brachot 61b, explains that the Torah specifies that we need to love Hashem with all our soul, all our body [1] and all our wealth because various people place differing values on these faculties and are more willing to share with their beloved one of these attributes but not another.

I have translated select commentaries to help bring out some of its depth. There is, however, a pride which stimulates the nobler ambitions, such as halevxvot pride on being able to acquire knowledge or to achieve good: Yet Hamman is not satisfied, he gets no pleasure from his status and power because a single, solitary Jew named Mordechai would not bow down to him.


During his term as head of the Volozhin yeshivah, the student body of halevabot institution included more than students, who received close personal attention from him. Subscribe Jewish Treats by Email. However as long as matters are not at such a crisis point Hashem does not demand that we renounce the love of our families. Angels are Heavenly beings and would not speak enviously about a human being in the way that “Satan” speaks about Iyov.

Jewish philosophical and ethical texts Judeo-Arabic literature. True joy demands that the person detach himself from his surroundings and realize that noting is real except for God. Rav Sadiah Gaon explains that the word “satan” in Biblical Hebrew means “enemy.

** Chovos HaLevavos – Duties of the Heart **

Rabbeinu Bachya answered his own question by saying that love for Hashem can be expressed three ways: He gives the analogy of a wealthy guest arriving at his host on horseback. According to Bahya, nothing is more repulsive to the pious soul than the hypocrite. The nation of Amalek figures prominently in the Cnovot story. On Purim we don’t give charity, because charity is what we give to strangers in need.

Rabbeinu Bachya writes that while the ability to give up one’s life to Hashem is beyond normal human ability, the ability to yield one’s wealth and health to Hashem is within everyone’s reach. I did not ask you that i. But we saw in the first shiur that Amalek, that implacable enemy of the Jews is not a nation in the usual sense. He starts from the following three premises:.


Chovot HaLevavot – Wikipedia

Instead of losing hope they halrvavot Esther’s call for a three-day public fast and returned to Hashem. The true essence of God being inaccessible to our understanding, the Bible offers the name of God as substitute; making it the object of human reverence, and the center of ancestral tradition.

Amalek preys on the sad, the discouraged and the lonely. It was given the name Chovot Halevavot by the famed translator Judah ibn Tibbon. It educates the whole people, the immature as well as the mature intellects, for the true service of God, which must be that of the heart. Why did he bring all this misery down upon a righteous man who did not deserve it? Here it is absolutely forbidden for us to cooperate with non-observant Jews since the religious habits of non-observant Jews are totally incompatible with the Halacha and are destructive.

The 19 th century authority, the Netziv [4] adopted a nuanced approach to the question.

His reward from Hashem will be greater than the reward given to the solitary saint. Rav Amram Gaon explains this practice by noting that Purim is not a usual holiday. Explore the Home Gift Guide.