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Tzava'at Harivash 11

Tzava'at Harivash 11

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Whatever you do, have in mind to give gratification to your Creator, blessed be He, and do not think-even a little-of your own needs. 1 Even the expectation of personal delight from your service [of God] is [an ulterior motive] for one’s own concerns. 2

FOOTNOTES
1. I.e., the concept of “service for the sake of Above” (see sect. 2-3). This is the principle of “Acknowledge Him in all your ways” (Proverbs 3:6; see below, sect. 94), and “Let all your deeds be for the sake of Heaven” (Avot 2:12), as explained in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim:231.
2. True service of God implies total disregard of self, to the point of bitul hayesh, self-negation (see below, sect. 52-53). This excludes the expectation of any sort of reward (material or spiritual), the pursuit of spiritual attainments (cf. below, sect. 47), let alone a sense of self-satisfaction. All these are peniyot (sing. peniyah), ulterior motives of ego-centricity that must be shunned (see below, sect. 15, 42, 55, 77 and 92).
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