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Re: Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2018, 04:15:40 AM »
The ultimate mission and greatness of mankind is to gain understanding and knowledge of God, each person according to his own strengths and abilities. In order to achieve this recognition, it is necessary, but not sufficient, for a person to have faith in the principles which the righteous Jewish sages have explained in the past about God. This is based on their chain of tradition from Moses our teacher and the subsequent true prophets of the Hebrew Bible, and through their own Divinely inspired insights. Beyond that, it is the obligation of each person to try to understand such matters with his own intellect, so that he may know them. In this way, a person can come to know and recognize the true existence of God, according to his ability (Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and Dr. Michael Schulman, Ask Noah International, 2017, p 13).

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« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2018, 04:17:42 AM »
It is clear that the Holy One, blessed be He, is not confined to a body or physical form. Although He may present Himself to a person as a specific form in a prophetic vision, intellectually, that is so the person can receive God’s message within his mind and senses. This is the revelation of the Creator through the medium of a certain intellectual context, in accordance with the prophet’s level, in order that he will be able to perceive God in some limited way. God can be perceived by one prophet as sitting on a holy throne, or to another as a voice that is speaking, and yet these are not true descriptions of God’s actual existence, as can readily be understood. Rather, it is a visual or auditory description in the mind, produced by a certain effect that God brings, and this is simply the manner of God’s speaking to the prophet or appearing to him in a vision (Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and Dr. Michael Schulman, Ask Noah International, 2017, p 16-17).

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« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2018, 04:37:45 AM »
This correct concept of prophecy also serves to negate the false idea of an intermediary between God and humans. A reason why people originally made the mistake of accepting the idea of an intermediary was that they thought God is too “high” to lower Himself to relate to earthly creatures. From this, they further reasoned that there was no relationship and connection between the Creator and mankind, and no Divine Providence over them. They imagined that God does not truly care about what people do, and that He therefore consigns the governance of the world (totally or partially) to intermediary powers.

The rectification of this error is accomplished when people accept the knowledge which is revealed by God through His true prophets. This brings them to unify themselves with God, and nullify themselves before Him, so they can willfully submit themselves to His purpose and plan. One clear benefit which this brings to a person is the gift of knowing that God’s Divine Providence is actively involved with His creations, including each individual person (Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and Dr. Michael Schulman, Ask Noah International, 2017, p 41-42).

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« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2018, 04:46:35 AM »
God watches over a person, sustaining his life and the direction he chooses, for His desire is that the person will come to choose to live according to His will. Therefore, if a person merits, refining himself to the point that his will follows God’s will (which is embodied in the Torah of Moses, as we shall explain), he has unified himself with the Godly purpose and life-force imbued in him – he and these higher dimensions of his existence become one. For such a person, the clarity being revealed to him in his mind and heart is the initial intimation of prophecy. Since he has become a proper vessel to reveal the Godly image within himself, therefore God will open for him true thoughts and correct knowledge.

This is the main concept of prophecy: it is God’s bonding of His knowledge with a person’s knowledge, and the person’s being influenced by this. This is in contrast to the popular conception of prophesy, that it means a prediction of a future event or the performance of a miracle (Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and Dr. Michael Schulman, Ask Noah International, 2017, p 42).

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« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2018, 04:43:40 AM »
There are many levels among the prophets. Just as there can be one person who is greater than another in wisdom, likewise one person can be greater than another in prophecy. All but the greatest of prophets only receive their prophecy in a vision in a dream at night, or during the day when a great trance falls upon them, as it says, “In a vision I will become known to him, in a dream I will speak to him.” When they receive their prophecy, their limbs shake, their body becomes weak, they lose their senses, and their mind becomes clear to understand what it sees. This is what it states concerning Abraham: “and a great, dark dread fell over him.” Similarly, the prophet Daniel described his condition when a vision appeared to him: “My appearance was horribly changed, and I retained no strength.”

They do not have prophecy whenever they want. If they desire to receive a prophecy, for themselves or someone else, they need to direct their minds to God and sit in seclusion with feelings of happiness. For prophecy does not come to rest on prophet while he is sad, or lethargic, but rather only when he is happy. Therefore, when the prophet Elisha needed to receive a prophecy, but his mind was agitated, he called for a musician to play for him to settle and uplift his mood. Then he was able to prophesy, as it says, “It happened that as the musician played, the hand of God came upon him.” (Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and Dr. Michael Schulman, Ask Noah International, 2017, p 51).

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« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2018, 05:20:38 AM »
It is clear and explicit in the Torah itself (the Five Books of Moses) that it is God’s commandment, to remain in its original form forever without change, addition, or diminishment – as it is stated, “All these matters which I command to you, you shall be careful to perform. You may not add to it or diminish from it;”(Deuteronomy 13:1) and as it is also stated, “What is revealed is for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of this Torah.”(Ibid., 29:28) This teaches that we are commanded to fulfill all the Torah’s directives forever, to the full extent that we are able to do so.

It is also said:”It is an everlasting statute for all your generations,”(Leviticus 23:14) and, “It is not in the Heavens.”(Deuteronomy 30:12) This teaches that a prophet can no longer truthfully claim that he has been told by God to add a new permanent precept as being commanded by God. (Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and Dr. Michael Schulman, Ask Noah International, 2017, p 59)

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« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2018, 06:59:05 AM »
It is an obligation for a person to love and fear the glorious and awesome God with all his might.

The inspiration to feel love and fear of God is most effectively achieved by focusing one’s knowledge upon Him, while putting his own mundane matters aside. When a person takes the time to contemplate God’s wondrous and great deeds, that He is continuously creating and guiding everything that exists in the spiritual and physical realms, and he appreciates that God’s eternal wisdom is infinite and surpasses all comparison, he will become inspired to love, praise, and glorify Him. This will bring him to yearn with tremendous desire to recognize God’s existence and His attributes, as King David expressed: “My soul thirsts for the Lord, for the living God.”(Psalms 42:3) (Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and Dr. Michael Schulman, Ask Noah International, 2017, p 63)