Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, the Ramchal, was among our nation’s greatest thinkers and kabbalists. Yet, as great as he was, he felt duty bound to write Mesillas Yesharim, a (relatively) simple work that stresses the basic character requirements needed for improving one’s Divine service. Why? While all principles of Torah are very important, that which helps us change and brings us closer to what G-d wants of us, is most important.
Similarly, although the Sfas Emes al HaTorah is famously full of novel ideas, Kabbalah, and enlightening interpretations, its main objective is not simply intellectual. The ideas are meant to help us acquire the traits necessary to make one’s service to Hashem complete and whole. Therefore, everyday issues such as bitachon, praying, Torah study, Grace after Meals, reward and punishment, exile and redemption, and more are addressed — and explained with appealing, deeper dimensions of understanding.
Those who learn the Sfas Emes can’t help but be spellbound by the magnificent ideas of its author, Rav Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter, the second Gerrer Rebbe.
With Edges of Truth, we can integrate these amazing concepts into our daily lives.
About Rabbi Simcha Leib Grossbard
Rabbi Simcha Grossbard learned in Telz, Ner Yisroel, Beth Medrash Govoha, and in the Detroit Beis Medrash under his principal teacher, Rav Aryeh Leib Bakst, zt”l. After moving to Yerushalayim, he became enamored with his Chassidic origins and delved into the Sfas Emes al HaTorah. As his understanding of the Sfas Emes developed, so grew within him an urge to write and elucidate these teachings to others. He has authored several sefarim based on the Sfas Emes, and several of his essays appeared in the monthly Jewish Observer.