Stages of Spiritual Growth: Resolving the Tension Between Self-expression and Submission to Divine Will

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R. Tzadok Hakohen of Lublin (1823-1900), Chassidic master of Torah, taught that spiritual growth follows a predictable sequence of stages: One's youth is most conducive to growth in love and kindness, one's middle years provide the best opportunity for learning submission to Divine authority, and one's later years are the optimal time for growth in truth-perception.

Stages of Spiritual Ground explores R. Tzadok's system. It clarifies the necessary steps within each stage of ...

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R. Tzadok Hakohen of Lublin (1823-1900), Chassidic master of Torah, taught that spiritual growth follows a predictable sequence of stages: One's youth is most conducive to growth in love and kindness, one's middle years provide the best opportunity for learning submission to Divine authority, and one's later years are the optimal time for growth in truth-perception.

Stages of Spiritual Ground explores R. Tzadok's system. It clarifies the necessary steps within each stage of growth, explains why each stage of life lends itself to that specific facet of development, examines some of the underlying axioms of non-Jewish culture that sabotage our psychological and spiritual progress, and perhaps most significant for the current generation, dispels the common misconception that spiritual growth ill Torah stifles an individuals self-expression. Stages of Spiritual Growth provides a philosophical framework for incorporating one's individuality into one's quest to serve God.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781936068012
  • Publisher: Simcha Media Group
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Batya Gallant has been a teacher of Torah in women’s community classes, post-high school seminaries, and women’s beginner programs for more than 40 years. Currently a teacher at Darchei Binah Seminary in Israel, she focuses primarily on Torah psychology, philosophy, and intellectual history.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Stages of Spiritual Growth 3

1 Defining Spiritual Growth 5

2 Moral Choices 8

3 Chesed-Gevurah-Emes as Sequential Stages and as Personality Orientations 11

Part II Levels of Chesed 17

4 Level 1: Care and Nurture of My Self 19

5 Levels 1-4: The Life-cycle as a School for Chesed 25

6 Levels 1-4 (continued): The Underpinnings of Compassion 34

7 Levels 1-4 (continued): The Painful, the Difficult and the Imperfect as "Very Good" 44

8 The Problem of Chesed in Western Culture: An "Either/Or" Worldview 50

9 The Problem of Chesed in Western Culture: The Legacy of Eisav 59

Part III Expansion and Contraction 65

10 The Dynamic of Creativity and its Relationship to Kedusha 67

Part IV Levels of Gevurah 73

11 Levels 1-3: External Authority, Autonomy and Submission 75

12 Level 3 (continued): Middas Hagevurah at Midlife 85

13 Level 3 (continued): Gilu Bere'adah - The Joy of Contraction 92

14 Level 3 (continued): The Problem of Middas Hagevurah in the Culture of Yishmael 99

15 Level 3 (continued): Middas Hachesed Must Precede Middas Hagevurah 103

Part V Levels of Emes 105

16 The Difference Between Truth and Integrity 107

17 The Work of Discarding Illusion 108

18 Levels 1 and 2 of Emes: Narcissism and Objectivity 114

19 Level 3 of Emes: Paradoxical Truths 118

20 Level 3 (continued): Mediating the Paradoxical Poles of Reality 123

21 Level 3 (continued): Middas Ha'emes, the Dimension of Time and the Role of Ya'akov Avinu 131

22 Level 3 (continued): Emes and Kedusha 136

23 Level 3 (continued): Defining Kedusha 141

24 Level 3 (continued): Postscript to the Words of Reish Lakish: the Aleph-beis as Emes 145

25 Level 3 (continued): Reality in "The Space Between" 148

26 Level 3 (continued): The Tension of Ratzo Vashov 152

27 Level 4 of Emes: Consciousness of the Infinite Informing the Finite 156

Conclusion: Toward a Psychology of Avodas Hashem: The Fabric of Creation 162

Epilouge: R. Tzadok's Stages 165

Appendix A Summary of Stages of Spiritual Growth and the Psychological Skills Necessary for Each Stage 173

Appendix B Index to Psychological Problems 175

Glossary 177

About the Author 180

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