The Way of G-d / Derech Hashem is a major respected work by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.
Sam is using the version translated and annotated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan in these classes.

There have been numerous attempts to systematize the basic principles of Jewish belief. This book Derech HaShem (The Way of G-d), written by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto–RaMCHaL. In this sefer, the RaMCHaL begins with the most basic beliefs regarding the existence of G-d and His purpose for creation.

Derech HaShem has been well known to many scholars in education throughout the world in many languages. To have translated the RaMCHaL’s literally would have been a much easier task, but then the style would have left the translation almost inaccessible as to the original written. It was for this reason that a decision as made to translate it idiomatically and by ideas, rather than literally. While the content is in no way changed, readability has been greatly enhanced by this approach.

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto was born to Rabbi Yaakov Chay in Padua, Italy, in the year 1707. Like many other great Torah scholars he desired to live in the holy land, Yisra’el. In 1743, he settled in Acco, Yisra’el. Because he suffered from a plaque, on 26 Iyar, 5506 (May 16, 1746) at the age of 39, he died. The RaMCHaL was buried in Tiberius, next to the tomb of Rabbi Akiva.

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