Seven Gates of Knowledge
About this Course
Recognition of God's Existence and His Essential Unity
The foundation of all proper opinions and all proper traits in a person's behavior, as well as the purpose of all knowledge in general, is the knowledge of God, may He be blessed. Therefore, the first required step in the spiritual ascent of a person is to try to know God.
Like the orchard and the inn that Abraham established in Beer-Sheba, this course sets out a spiritual and moral path for a Gentile (a Non-Jew) who desires to become righteous in God's eyes, and to achieve a closer personal relationship with God, our Creator. The ability to achieve this requires access to knowledge of the character traits and attitudes that one should cultivate in order to advance in this path. By entering into the "Seven Gates" that are explained in this book, it is possible for a person to reveal and nurture the "image of God" in which we are created. In response to one's own sincere efforts in this direction, he will be aided and blessed from Above to become a "servant of God."
These two goals are explained in this course: the Perfection and Elevation of Mankind (Tikkun Ha'Adam) and the Perfection and Elevation of the World (Tikkun Ha'Olam).
Lesson 2 : Recognition of God's Existence and His Essential Unity
The ultimate mission and greatness of mankind is to gain understanding and knowledge of God, each person according to his own strengths and abilities.
Lesson 3 : The Unity of God, His Powers & the Mistaken Belief in Independent Deities
In all respects, the actions of God in His creation of all things are incomparable to those of a human.
Lesson 4 : Divine Providence and Trust in God
A true recognition of the existence of God in every detail of the world, and in every detail of a person's life, brings a person to a recognition of God's Divine Providence over His creations.
Lesson 5 : Bringing Recognition of God into One's Heart and Actions
It is the mandated service of a person to be close to the truth – to be close to God, may He be blessed, the Creator of all, in all his actions and ways.