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How Can I Reach the High Stature of a Wise and Righteous Person?

Updated: Mar 15

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God has gifted to him, for that is their purpose. How should a person accomplish this?

The intended Divine service of a person is divided into two categories:

  1. Directed inward to the person himself,

  2. Directed toward God.

The ultimate inward service is the desire, out of love for God, to be close to Him through recognizing and knowing Him.

This must be combined with awe and fear of Him, which brings one to the rectification of his natural character and habits, and his deeds in the world.

With this combined service of love and fear, a person can reach the high stature of a wise and righteous person.

Service directed toward God is the characteristic of a person who refines himself and is scrupulous to work on revealing his “image of God” with correct actions and correct speech. Such a person is careful not to sully himself like an animal with actions and speech that do not befit an “image of God.”

With this effort, he rectifies himself and his society, and causes good effects in the world around him.

This is how a person contributes to the accomplishment of God’s desire for the rectification of mankind and the rectification of the world.

One should not imagine that his personal accomplishments in this Divine service are small and insignificant.

Therefore, the truthfulness of one’s love toward God is measured by the actions and service it causes him to do. (The service that is specifically done through speech is prayer, which will be explained in the Fourth Gate).

The truthfulness of one’s fear of God is expressed by refraining from actions and speech that are against His will.

By analogy, the truthfulness of one’s love for a friend is seen in what he will do and say that is desirable and necessary for his friend, and to what extent he will be concerned about holding back from causing harm or aggravation to his friend.

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Rabbi Moshe Perets is the President of the Noahide Academy of Israel, Founder and Executive Director of, the world’s largest Noahide informational website. He accomplished his Rabbinical Studies at the Chabad Yeshiva and his medical studies at the University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium.

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Susan Dixon
Susan Dixon

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