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Chovot Halevavot
Basic Books of Mussar

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Just as Torah tries to reconcile itself to science in today’s times, in the medieval era, the great rabbis had to address the issues of philosophy. The Chovos HaLevavos is such a response, and its title, “The Duties of the Heart,” tells you that it is more about the soul than the mind. With a particular focus on the sefer’s warnings against hypocrisy, Rabbi Wein brings the medieval text to life in a way that we comfortable, modern folk can grow from.

• the influence of Sufi mysticism in Moslem Spain
• from Ibn Tibbon to Artscroll - the history of translation
• the pitfall of self-deception in behaving “l’shmo”
• medieval asceticism vs. 21st century luxury

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