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Da'at Tevunot Class Notes 6-3-09 Print E-mail
Written by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg   
We began with the Intellect’s statement on the bottom of pages 18 -19 in The Knowing Heart:
1) A person achieves Dveikut - Attachment as he or she achieves greater self-mastery.
2) Dveikut - Attachment is to God’s Kedusha - Sanctity.
3) Dveikut allows one to enjoy his or her perceptions of God’s Glory.
4) That enjoyment will not be limited by any of the three major barriers: 1. Hindrance - Someone or something holding you back from moving forward, 2. Barrier, and 3. Impediment.
5) The Ramchal quotes three verses to explain and define each of the three limitations to enjoyment.
6) Whenever the Ramchal quotes more than one proof-text, he intends to prove more than one point.
7) The three limitations are discussed in prayer: Amidah: Avot: “Melech ozer, u’Moshia, U’magain - The King Who Helps, saves and shields.
8) Hindrance refers to ego interfering with attachment: Jacob holding on to Esau’s heel (where the Serpent of Eden attacks) is holding Esau back from asserting power - a positive hindrance. Serving God without integrity - with self-serving motivation - is ego. The attacks of others in word and deed create barriers. Our inability to accept that God uses His abundant blessings to guide us toward the fulfillment of our purpose in life is the impediment.
9) This too is in the Amidah: Gevurot: Mechakail Chaim - God sustains us in order to help us achieve Techiat Hameitim - World to Come - which is our ultimate purpose.
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