Monday, April 23, 2007

Da’at Tevunot (Sect. 2, Ch. 1, Part 1)

"Knowing the Reasons"

A Kabbalistic Laying-Out of Who, What, When, Where, and Why

Based on Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto’s "Da’at Tevunot"

by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

Sect. 2, Ch. 1


We said at the very beginning that Ramchal would be "explicating many often-expounded-upon Jewish themes in an utterly new light" in the course of this work, and that some of those themes would include providence, reward and punishment, the coming of the Messiah, the Resurrection of the Dead, and the like.

For good reasons, though, Ramchal first delved into other, more fundamental issues, including the meaning of life and the ultimate truth of the universe, in Section One. So he now turns to the Resurrection of the Dead in this section (along with the Messiah by implication), in order to return to his orginal intentions [1].

[1] See references cited in notes 7 and 8 to the Introduction; also see note 12 there.

(c) 2007 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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