In this Book

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Mesillat Yesharim is a classic of Jewish ethical literature. Written by one of the leading kabbalists of the late Middle Ages, it is also a window into the kabbalist’s understanding of the connection between ethics and mystical vision. Luzzatto, one of the great Hebrew stylists of his time, is acknowledged by some as the first writer of modern Hebrew; thus Mesillat Yesharim is also important for its place in Hebrew literature. This translation, published originally in 1936 by JPS, is a landmark in Jewish publishing. It made this Hebrew text finally available to English readers, and it gave us insights into the groundbreaking work that Kaplan did in orienting American Jews to the deep connection between ethical living and religious belief. It is no wonder that this book has become the centerpiece of the modern-day Mussar Movement, which inspires so many on their spiritual path. Rabbi Ira Stone, consummate teacher and stirring speaker, is a major force in the resurgence of the Mussar Movement. In his introduction, he presents Luzzatto and Mesillat Yesharim in their historical context, and gives us new insights into Kaplan’s emerging theology. Stone also explains the principles of reading that he uses in his commentary and teaching to make this medieval text so inspiring to readers today. This volume contains the original Kaplan translation, as well as those sections of the text that Kaplan omitted, along with Stone’s new commentary. The original Hebrew text is in the back of the book.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Half-Title
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication for Commentary
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Preface: Ira F. Stone
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Ira F. Stone
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Introduction: Mordecai M. Kaplan
  2. pp. xxiii-xxxvi
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  1. Title
  2. p. xxxvii
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  1. Preface: Moses Hayyim Luzzatto
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Chapter 1: A General Review of the Duty of Human Beings in the World
  2. pp. 16-34
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  1. Chapter 2: Concerning the Trait of Watchfulness
  2. pp. 35-39
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  1. Chapter 3: Concerning the Divisions of Watchfulness
  2. pp. 40-48
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  1. Chapter 4: Concerning the Manner of Acquiring Watchfulness
  2. pp. 49-67
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  1. Chapter 5: Concerning the Factors Which Detract from Watchfulness and the Withdrawing of Oneself from Them
  2. pp. 68-80
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  1. Chapter 6: Concerning the Trait of Zeal
  2. pp. 81-89
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  1. Chapter 7: Investigating the Divisions of Zeal
  2. pp. 90-94
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  1. Chapter 8: The Manner of Acquiring Zeal
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. Chapter 9: Concerning the Factors Which Detract from Zeal and the Withdrawing of Oneself from Them
  2. pp. 99-105
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  1. Chapter 10: The Trait of Cleanliness
  2. pp. 106-109
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  1. Chapter 11: Concerning the Particulars of the Trait of Cleanliness
  2. pp. 110-158
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  1. Chapter 12: Concerning the Means of Acquiring Cleanliness
  2. pp. 159-161
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  1. Chapter 13: Concerning the Trait of Separation
  2. pp. 162-173
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  1. Chapter 14: Concerning the Divisions of Separation
  2. pp. 174-176
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  1. Chapter 15: Concerning the Means of Acquiring Separation
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. Chapter 16: Concerning the Trait of Purity
  2. pp. 181-186
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  1. Chapter 17: Concerning the Means of Acquiring Purity
  2. pp. 187-189
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  1. Chapter 18: Investigating the Trait of Hasidut
  2. pp. 190-194
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  1. Chapter 19: Concerning the Divisions of Hasidut
  2. pp. 195-229
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  1. Chapter 20: Concerning the Weighing of Hasidut
  2. pp. 230-235
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  1. Chapter 21: Concerning the Means of Acquiring Hasidut
  2. pp. 236-239
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  1. Chapter 22: Concerning the Trait of Humility
  2. pp. 240-251
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  1. Chapter 23: Concerning the Means of Acquiring Humility
  2. pp. 252-257
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  1. Chapter 24: Concerning the Fear of Sin
  2. pp. 258-264
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  1. Chapter 25: The Manner of Acquiring the Fear of Sin
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. Chapter 26: Concerning the Trait of Holiness
  2. pp. 267-273
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. Mesillat Yesharim: Hebrew Text
  2. pp. 277-508
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  1. Bibliography
  2. p. 509
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780827611221
Related ISBN
9780827608566
MARC Record
OCLC
794925430
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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