Anthology Topics: 1 Cruelty 2 Erev Rav 3 Father 4 The First Man 5 Forefathers 6 Heretics 7 The Holy Temple 8 Limbs 9 Love of G-d 10 Man 11 The Nations of the World 12 Prophecy 13 Reproof 14 Reward and Punishment 15 Suffering 16 Swiftness 17 Torah 18 Torah Study 19 The World to Come –B”H
Man is called ”walking”; and makes constant progress,
and if he doesn’t rise -inevitably, he has to fall – to Proverbs
During his ascent (= the age of his development), man chases
after his passions like an ass. During his standing (= the middle
of his life), he bears the earning of his livelihood as an ox
bears a yoke. And during his descent (= old age, the end of his
life), passions are broken and wisdom grows stronger – and this
is the level of Man. For this reason, there are three types of
”firstborn”: the firstborn of an ass, the firstborn of
a bull, and the firstborn of man. Our sages hinted at them in
dividing the night into three watches. The first – an ass brays;
the second – dogs bark ”hav hav” (= livelihood); the
third – a child is weaned from his mother’s breasts (= he leaves
his evil ways and returns to the study of Torah) – the place of
understanding (according to Berakhot 10a) – to Isaiah 1:2, and so,
too, in the explanation of Taanit 23a (after savei d’vei Attuna),
section beginning d’nayim 70 sh’nin
At the age of thirteen, a soul comes to a man- to Isaiah 9:5
Checking man’s spirituality according to the pulse of his
blood – to Tikkunei Zohar, p. 156.
A person is successful in three ways: financially, physically,
mentally – to Job 4:21.
A man has the characteristics of every animal and beast in the
world, and he makes use of all seventy life forces – Adderet
Eliyahu, I/26 ”b’salmeinu”. Tikkunei Zohar Hadash 39a,
the section beginning b’hoshvan
Links to some of the other articles on this web site that portray the Gaon’s views:
* Monotheism Vs. The Outlook That Everything is G-d, by Mr. S. M. Scheinman which provides some background to the Gaon’s monotheistic beliefs.
* Divine Assistance
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