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The Guide Part 9-Essentials to Holiness
December 16, 2008, 9:26 am
Filed under: Divine service, Do better than the Generation, ethics, The Guide, Uncategorized

One should review his activities daily, seeing where

he falls short of his potential and areas in which innovations

may aid his divine service

Make sure our days are very long. With each new day make

sure the time is longer fuller, richer with added holiness.

Expand the days. filling them with more holiness and purity.

In this way we will be perfectly united with our Creator in a

revealed way, it is explained that the commandments are the

inwardness of His Blessed Will without any concealment of

the countenance whatsoever. The vitality that is in them is

in no way a separate and independent thing but is united

and absorbed in His Blessed Will, and they are truly one in a

perfect union. Each commandment must be done with

vitality. It must be an act lighted by inner devotion. This

gives it wings. We must seek atonement for the wicked, as

the Holy One does not yet want to destroy them. By doing

so harsh decrees are nullified and gates of blessings are


The Malbim teaches that to the extent a man possesses

Holiness he surpasses nature; with the help of Divine

Providence. he achieves the goal. The sages describe the

true descendants of Abraham as bashful, merciful, and

benevolent. These traits are our true nature, and those we

need to cultivate-but to bring the Divine Providence into

being in this world, as spoken of above, we must surpass our

natural endowment of these traits and others. Concerning

surpassing our natures, Love upsets the natural order, as

Abraham got up early to offer Issac, going against his

natural inclination to sleep, so his providence is above the

natural order. With a great love we can surpass all bounds,

revealing holiness in even great damage, as Rebbenu

Bachyah teaches in Duties of the Heart that the evil

inclination beguiled us to neglect the cultivation of this

world, depart from the way of our forefathers, and instead

see life as an opportunity for hoarding and a time to increase

in the wealth of this world till they sank deep into the sea.

Everyone did what he saw his neighbor do. One who took

from this world only what was sufficient for him was called

an idler. It was said of one who delayed to increase what he

had that his action fell short. One who was content with

what was needed for him was regarded as a weakling. People

went astray in the depth of folly and turned to the

coarseness of idleness instead of being eager to serve God.

Rebbenu Bachyah concludes that even among the religious

people of today the evil inclination has gone as far as

described here.