Sunday, February 7, 2010

The challenge of publishing Mussar (ethical instruction)


"Therefore Sefer Chasidim was written, for people in awe of Gd and all people who return to their Creator with a complete heart to read it and know and understand their responsibility and that from which they need to be careful.

"But it is not written for the wicked, for if they would read it then many of these words would appear foolish in their eyes, and if the words were spoken in their ears then they would mock...

"As it is written, ‘For the ways of Gd are straight; tzaddikim will walk in them and sinners will stumble in them.’ You have thus learned that the paths of piety and humility and awe are a stumbling block for the wicked and a source of uplift for the righteous."

(R' Yehudah haChasid, Sefer Chasidim 1)

Have a great day,

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