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The Path of the Just/Mesillat Yesharim
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Feldheim Pub (first published 1990)
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Interesting quote from the first line: "I wrote this book no to teach people what they do not know, but rather to remind them of what they already know and clearly understand." I think that's a pretty strong reminder of needing to pay attention to our internal moral compass.
An excellent book, well laid out, so clear and understandable although the subject is very serious. As I understand it this is a famous book of mussar, Mesillat Yesharim. He lays the book out in the stages necessary to attain closeness with our Creator. "These stages are: Watchfulness, Zeal, Cleanliness, Separation, Purity, Saintliness, Humility, Fear of Sin and Holiness."

These are my notes in brief:

Watchfulness (depart from evil)
Zeal (do good) (the positive commandments)
Cleanliness (Vanquish ev
Mesilas Yesharim is very much a book directed at spiritual self improvement for people who are already steeped in Jewish law and observance. I was surprised by how much resonated with me - I am not a big scholar, nor am I able to devote my time to study, but the concepts as I would encounter them would just make sense.

Luzatto has a style which can take some adjustment - he will say things like "it is obvious to everyone that X follows Y in the way that dawn follows night", and cite a verse which
To read again and again..
There really isn't a reason to give this book a lower rating. It's not even from my religion, but still very inspirational and simple enough for me to follow. The citations from the Bible and rabbis definitely help. All in all, definitely a good read.
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I have finished this as well but I need to re-read it another twenty or so times. So not quite sure how to review it as 2 readings is still not enough.
If it's not too sacreligious, this masterpiece of personal growth truly is my favorite in that it is life altering and offers new inisght with every read.
Craig J.
The Path of the Upright: Mesillat Yesharim by Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (1995)
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