I loved this book, some time ago, when I first read it. But it is one that can be read repeatedly. In fact, the author recommends reviewing it.
Oh... and in case it is not on your bookshelves already, I just found it on Amazon Kindle... $4.99
I suppose I should go find a history of Rabbi Luzzatto and insert that here. But the man is not why I loved the book the first time I read it. I don't even know why my dear Shmuel bought it. It was probably on a list of recommended books from... and found at a used Jewish book store. We also have The Way of God, same author.
But here, on A-Tec(ia), I can read and discuss all sorts of wonderful books with wonderful friends!! Yahooooo! Did I mention I love books, and book studies, and everything booky?
In the Author's Introduction, he says he is not here to teach the reader new things, but to bring to light things the reader knows but forgets to think about - things that are right and true and aught to be... but we forget to be. Ex. I can take walking for granted, never thinking about it, until it hurts and I can't walk anymore. Then I have to learn how to stretch and strengthen certain tendons and muscles and whatnot that I never bothered with before. In this case, we are talking about purposely examining ourselves and improving our spiritual tendons and mussels. "That which nature seeks to remove from our hearts, reading and contemplation will summon to our consciousness, and will awaken us to what is incumbent upon us." pg 15
Torah leads to Watchfulness; Watchfulness leads to Zeal; Zeal leads to Cleanliness; Cleanliness leads to Separation; Separation leads to Purity; Purity leads to Saintliness; Saintliness leads to Humility; Humility leads to Fear of Sin; Fear of Sin leads to Holiness; Holiness leads to the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit leads to the Revival of the Dead." pg 13, and Avodah Zara 20b
So... whether yall read this with me now, or a year from now, I would love to share thoughts about this work... and the next, and the next... We can have a whole A-Tecia bookcase full of book journals that we have shared.
Chapter 1 coming soon...