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Pirkei Avot: 2:4: What is My Desire? Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

Pirkei AvotHe (Rabban Gamliel, the son of Rabbi Judah haNassi) used to say: Treat His Will as if it were your own will, so that He will treat your will as if it were His will. Nullify your will before His Will, so that He will nullify the will of others before your will (Avot 2:4).


The Baal Shem Tov here describes the righteous man not as one who voluntarily assumes the Divine Will as his own, but rather as one who is incapable of fulfilling his own personal desires, simply because they no longer exist for him. The awe of God is so overwhelming that man loses all personal desires and can think of nothing other than fulfilling the Divine Will. Entertainment of any conflicting desires is a psychological impossibility based upon the righteous person's mental state; this simple and yet all encompassing fear of God.

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