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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Thanks to everyone who attended the shiur. These stories in the Tanach about Yehoshfat are of course lessons and we need to learn form them.

Chovos Halevavos/Duties of the Heart – free english translation

Even though we should not mention Hashem’s name in vain, Rabbeinu Bachya writes that it is praiseworthy to invoke Hashem’s name ualevavot His aid when we discuss our plans for the future.

Hamman was the Prime Minister of the Persion Empire, second only to the king. Duties of the Heartis the primary work of the Jewish rabbi and philosopher, Bahya ibn Paqudafull name Bahya ben Joseph ibn Pakuda.

He is looking for you [14]. The next “gate”, entitled Shaar Heshbon HaNefeshGate of Self-Examinationcontains an exhortation to take as serious view as possible of life, its obligations and opportunities for the soul’s perfection, in order to attain to a state of purity in which is unfolded the higher faculty of the haalevavot, which beholds the deeper mysteries of God, the sublime wisdom and beauty of a higher world inaccessible to other men. halsvavot

** Chovos HaLevavos – Duties of the Heart **

They are given this aid because they spent their lives in the service of Hashem and in the quest of achieving love of Hashem. The decision that Orthodox Jews need to abstain from cooperating with non-Orthodox Jews caused a tear in the Jewish community that still exists. The mode of worship prescribed by the Law has therefore mainly a pedagogical value, asserts Bahya. Worship of God, however, in obedience to the commandments of the Law halevavott in itself certainly of unmistakable value, inasmuch as it asserts the higher claims of human life against the lower desires awakened and fostered by the animal man.


Nasser’s Egypt was Amalek.

Some, in order to lead a life devoted to the higher world, flee this world altogether, and live as hermits, contrary to the design of the Creator. In answering this, Bahya distinguishes between two choovt kinds of attributes; namely, essential attributes and such as are derived from activity; [1] see Negative theology.

Rav Sadiah Gaon explains that the word “satan” in Biblical Hebrew means “enemy. The Rambam writes in a similar vein. The need to separate between cooperating and endorsing is of course essential.

The host gives the horse a huge stack of straw to eat while the guest receives a relatively small plate albeit of exquisite food. There are Halachot which tell us how to celebrate on the holidays. What can we learn from the fact that Hallel is not said on Purim?

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Yet the Torah is interspersed with glimpses of the deeper spiritual wisdom which is there for the discerning to discover and uncover. Therefore, Rav Shternbuch wrote, the only person who can answer this question is the student’s teacher who is well acquainted with the student’s abilities.

The following is what Rabeinu Bachya wrote a hundred and fifty years later in [13]: But we need to be conscious of what sort of plans we are making. Then he says that at first, he thought that perhaps the reason why not much was written [8] about Jewish spirituality was because it simply was not a priority or a requirement of the Torah.


Would you like to tell haoevavot about a lower price? He jarringly proclaims that both ritual and the external aspects of Halevzvot were well covered by the Sages after the period of the Talmud, but that they neglected the inner and spiritual aspects of Judaism: 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.

Rav Shagar elaborated on this “different” nature of the celebration of Purim. The only mitzvah which constantly accompanies us is the mitzvah to study the Torah. On holidays we recite the Hallel prayer.

They seek to serve Hashem by improving their character and their grasp of the mitzvoth of the intellect. Particularly is suicide a crime often resulting from lack of confidence in an all-wise Providence. Traditionally this mystical work was authored by R. However, he will be rewarded for all the mitzvoth done by the people whom he taught. Therefore they concentrate their efforts on achieving spiritual growth which is the path to eternal success.

Besides the Hebrew translations mentioned above, Chovot HaLevavot has been translated into several languages.