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#21 Morgenstern



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:48 PM

There are two parts to what you are referring to as "Ratzon": One, the fact that you want something to happen; and two, the reason that you want it to happen. When we say "Ratzon" in regard to Hashem, the word means "want" only with regard to the first part. Hashem wants certain things to happen and others not to, but the other part of Ratzon, the motive behind our wanting certain things to happen, does not apply to Hashem. 


Whereras our "wants" are always the result of some benefit that we gain if what we want comes to fruition, Hashem "wants" things only because we gain by it, not Him. We call his Ratzon "רצונו הפשוט" which means a Ratzon not because of any underlying need. Hashem's Ratzon is Ratzon without any need to cause that Ratzon. The only reason Hashem ever expresses any "Ratzon" is for the benefit of others; not Him.

Enlightening. Thank you Rabbi Shapiro!

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 09:34 AM

Since G-d doesn't have emotions, then what does it mean when the Torah mentions G-d's ratzon? What about when it says our performance of mitzvot cause Hashem to have Nachat? How is the mashal supposed to be understood?


L'Chvod Rabbi Shapiro, Shlita:


You have answered the "Razton" question of the above-mentioned post.


Would you please answer the "Nachas" question of the above-mentioned post.

How is the mashal of Hashem having "Nachas" supposed to be understood,


as Hashem has no emotions and does not benefit from our performance of Mitzvos?


Thank you.

#23 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 06:36 PM

It means you are fulfilling His will. That Hashem created the world for a purpose, which is fulfilled if you do certain things. When you do those things, you are allowing Hashem's goal to be met. That is what we refer to when we use the expression Nachas."