Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yaakov Khuli on our end

From Yaakov Khuli's (1689–1732)Bible commentary titled Me'am Lo'ez (literally, "from a people of strange tongue") found in Ladino!.
His purpose, he writes in the introduction, is to inculcate four basic ideas: the wonder of God's creation, the centrality of Torah and its commandments, love of one's neighbor, and the fact of mortality. Armed with these, the reader "will know that man's end is to vanish from this world, and so he must take care to win companions that will stand with him in times of adversity, just as one does before embarking on a journey."
Those four ideas sum it all up.

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