Filed under: 7 laws of Noah, evil inclination, Jewish IQ, Sawdeek, yetzer tov | Tags: evil inclination, natural traits, nefesh., selfish motives, sparks of light
Updated August 2nd 2016
Wicked people everything they do is from their “yetzer hara”.(evil inclination)
When they learn Torah their main desire is to to show off or find mistakes in other people’s teachings. When they give tzedakah, they do it only to become known as righteous and generous people, average people are “ruled” by both their “yetzer tov” (Good inclination) and their “yetzer hara”. Indeed we need to strive to love and serve Hashem with all our hearts and with all our desires both the good and evil need to serve Hashem..
The evil inclination wants to destroy our pride and dignity to transform Holy people into dispirited crass beggars who see for themselves no future or purpose.
Last week we learned about three types of souls defined. One is a complete sadeek, he never sins, all he wants is Holiness. A incomplete sadeek who faces temptations but does not sin and there is the “Beinoni” (middle man) he falls to sin, but always immediately repents for it. He does “teshuva”. We learned of 2 opposing powers of the soul, the evil inclination and the good inclination and how, are influenced by the 4 elements.
Now lets continue with the text of the Tanya :
Every Jew, has a soul of kelipah (shells) derived from the kelipah (forces that conceal light from the other side) called “nogah” (shinning), as this kelipah also contains good; and this good within one’s nefesh gives rise to one’s positive natural traits, good inclination. This kelipah is from the “Tree of Knowledge” which is comprised of good and evil.
There is good, sparks of light that are trapped in the klipa (shells), in the soul of every Jew. It is his God given mission to by the ways of Holiness, as directed by the Torah, to free these sparks from their entrapment in the Klipa. As while these sparks are in the klipa they have power to enhance work of ones evil inclination.
The souls of Idolators and non Jews who do not observe the laws of Noah, emanate from the other, unclean kelipot which contain no good whatever, as is written in Etz Chayim, Portal 49, ch. 3, that all the good that the nations do, is done out of selfish motives.
Since their nefesh emanates from kelipot which contain no good. No good which can be elevated. There is no place where God is not even in these 3 unclean klipot of “tuma” (impurity). All the good done by Idolators and non Jews who do not observe the laws of Noah is for selfish motives. Doing things “selflessly” they are incapable of, it is very high level for any man.
The Gemara comments on the verse, “The kindness of the nations is sin” — that all the charity and kindness done by the nations of the world is only for their self-glorification…
Idolators and non Jews who do not observe the laws of Noah do charity and kindness with a self-serving motive — the desire for self-glorification, a feeling of gratification, and the like. Such a one obviously cannot attain the levels mentioned before like the complete sadeek, one who never sins. A incomplete sadeek who faces temptations but does not sin and there is the “Beinoni” (middle man) he falls to sin, but always immediately repents for it. Most Jews also fail to reach these levels.
This all must be understood
Unlike what is taught by Christians and Moslems :
It was revealed to Moses at Mount Sinai that Judaism is not the only true way to God. It is not for every person. The God has revealed different ways to other people. You can have “your own path”
Gentiles are not responsible to observe the commandments of the Sinai covenant, as are the Jews.
Universal commandments were given by God to all mankind through Adam and Noah, and are included within the Bible. These universal commandments and the details of their observance all comes from the Torah Revealed at Sinai. These universal commandments are known as the “the seven laws of Noah”.
These 7 laws include :
1.Do not worship Idols
2.Do not use the Name of God in Vain
3.Do not kill
4.Do not act in a sexually immoral manner
5.Do not steal
6.Do not eat the limb of a living animal-no animal cruelty
7.Establish courts of Justice
These seven laws of the Righteous Gentile are similar to the 613 laws of the Torah for the Jew.
It should be noted that non Jews who observe the laws of Noah have souls that are derived from kelipat nogah. These are called “the pious ones of the nations of the world,” these righteous individuals are benevolent not out of selfish motives but out of a genuine concern for their fellow.
Elijah the Prophet teaches in Tana D’vei Eliyahu, (Eliyahu Rabbah 9)
that a Gentile like a Jew can receive Ruach HaKodesh
(The Holy Spirit) in accordance to his/her actions.
He or she can cultivate and thus acquire Ruach HaKodesh if one so chooses,
The sages say :
“a Gentile who studies Torah is like a High Priest.”
(Sanhedrin 59a) THIS SEEMS RELATED
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