Section: Questions Category: Hashkafa
|Hashkafa - quote|
|Submitted by Alisa Avruch Answered by|
|Question: I once read a quote from a gadol: "A person could keep the entire shulchan aruch and still not reach the Alef of avodas Hashem". Do you know who said this?|
This sentiment has been achoed many times in various forms since the Ramban wrote of the concept of being a Naval B'Rishus HaTorah, an abomination of a person without violating a single commandment.
Although I don't know off hand who said this particular quote, surely a person can be technicaly perfect in his mitzvah observance while not putting any G-d into it.
I once read from Rav Dessler in Michtav MeiEliyahu regarding a person who with anger berates his children for their halachic wrongdoings as a clear example of a person who keeps the Mitzvos as a family tradition and not as service of Hashem. He cannot tolerate his children turning from HIS OWN ways and therefore out of frustration berates them, which is far from the will of Hashem.