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September 05, 2007

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yitz..

"There are dangers in simultaneously reading both books, and it is not for everyone. However, for the elevated, erudite and committed soul, R. Tsadok's teaching is an inspiration and a way forward."

Where does it say that it isn't for everyone?
Birchot Hane'henin seem to imply that it is for everyone. (Why make berachot at observing wonderous natural phenomena, if we aren't supposed to connect nature to Torah & HaShem?)
Yonah's Kikayon implies such.
Rebbe Nachman says that it is for everyone (Likkutei Moharan I:1)
The Baal Shem Tov clearly thinks that it is for everyone.

I'd like to see sources that say it isn't for everyone.

avakesh

To clarify, it is not advisable for everyone to read both books simulataneously, meaning, delving into the sciences/wisdoms and Torah at the same time. That is the Book of Nature to which I referred. On some level understanding nature and appreciating nature are connected, for the more you know, the more youe sense of wonder is aorused. However, the overlap is between esthetics and intellectual understanding is not complete. I agree with you that esthetic appreciation of nature complements sincere, ruchniusdig avodas hashem for everyone - of course!

On studying the natural sciences, see http://www.avakesh.com/2006/12/denying_science.html

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