Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Purpose of Life According to both Chassidim and Misnagdim, with a note on Teshuvah and and an unrelated amazing Tashbetz

In a chaburah today, someone mentioned that Teshuvah is a Reboot. This got me thinking about the three keys to reboot a Windows machine. This evening I found this.

 But by us, the order is:

First, get control over yourself. Then סור מרע, delete your bad habits. Then עשה טוב, alter your ways.

So what is the purpose of life towards which you should direct your Reboot? Both the Gr"a and the Besh"t agree!!!

שני נביאים מתנבאים בסגנון אחד!


משלי ד יג


כתר שם טוב ח"א סי' כ"ד

Finally, totally unrelated, but something that, like the aforementioned Ba'al Shem Tov, I found on Rosh HaShanah this year, why male Jews call each other Reb Ploni, Reb Almoni, from the Tashbetz's commentary on Avos. Amazing!


  1. Where is that Tashbetz found? Can you please link to the sefer? I can't find the original source at hebrewbooks.org . Thanks

    1. http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=9653&st=&pgnum=55

  2. So, both talk about "sheviras hamiddos" [hara'os, I presume]. The difference is that the Besh"t's bad middos block one's connection to the olamos ha'elyonim, and the Gra's bad middos are what keep us from being nosei be'ol im chaveiro.

    It's not like you suddenly found a place where the Besh"t violates the Hashkafic Fork.

  3. I heard someone say that in our generation we should first essei tov, then sur m'ra. Any thoughts?

    1. The problem is the danger of not getting around to the sur m'ra... :-(