Derech HaShem (The "Way of God") is a philosophical text written in the 1730s by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto. It systematizes the basic principles of Jewish belief regarding the existence of God, God's purpose in creation, and the logical consequence of other concepts in Judaism. The reader is led from thought to idea, from idea to a logical whole of the structure of Jewish belief.
Presented from a Kabbalistic perspective, yet presupposing no prior knowledge and without the use of Kabbalistic terminology, this work provides a foundation for understanding the worldview and ideas found in the Zohar, the writings of Rabbi Isaac Luria the Ari'zal and other Kabbalistic works.
The book is organized into four main sections: the general basis of all existence, God's Divine Providence, prophecy, and religious observance.
- First step on the ladder of ascent, Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum
- Hebrew Fulltext, daat.ac.il
- Online classes, Rabbi Yaakov Feldman, torah.org
- The Way of God, trans. Aryeh Kaplan, Feldheim 1997. ISBN 0-87306-769-X
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