Mussar Tiferet, The Middle Path 14

Tiferet, The Middle Path

 

The end of the matter, everything having been heard, fear G-d and keep His Commandments(mitzvotav), for this is the entire man.  For every deed G-d will bring to judgment-for every hidden or secret thing, whether good or bad.

לְבַד֙ רְאֵה־זֶ֣ה מָצָ֔אתִי אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֧ה הָֽאֱלֹהִ֛ים אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֖

וְהֵ֥מָּה בִקְשׁ֖וּ חִשְּׁבֹנ֥וֹת רַבִּֽים

Behold, only this have I found, that G-d has Made (תאֶ everything from Aleph to Tav)(of) man upright(straight); but they have sought out many schemes:  Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 7:29

 But, see, this I did find: G-d Made men plain, but they have engaged in too much reasoning.  Kohelet Rabbah 7.29

 

The Rambam, in dealing with the rectification of one’s character traits in the service of G-d, speaks of the middle path, which seeks to void the extreme manifestation of any particular emotive attribute, and leads to a life of moderation and constant consideration of one’s fellow man. This ideal state of man is in truth the return to G-d’s initial Intention in His Creation of man, as said in Ecclesiates: Behold, only this have I found, that G-d has Made (everything from Aleph to Tav)(of) man straight; but they have sought out many schemes:  Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 7:29  The Hebrew Letters Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh Gal Einai Publications, Jerusalem page 98

It has been taught: Rabbi says: Which is a right way that a man should choose? Talmud Tamid 28a

The Straight middle way of Tiferet

 

Blessings and Peace

Rebbetzin Revi