"The Way of G-d"
Part 1: "The Fundamental Principles of Reality"
Ch. 3: "Humankind"
Our having to experience death -- and the universe itself having to go
through a form of it too -- is also due to Adam and Eve’s sin. For neither
any one person nor the universe in its entirety can attain perfection while
wrongfulness prevails over goodness as it does now. That state of affairs
has to be transcended through (each individual’s) death and (the universe’s)
It’s also true that the soul can’t purify a body 1 until it’s
first separated from it at death and the body decomposes. Only then can a
new edifice 2 that can achieve perfection be set up. That
explains the need for The Resurrection of the Dead, and for the eventual
destruction of the physical universe and its own “resurrection” in the
course of the seventh millennium 3.
1. See 1:3:7 above.
2. I.e., a new combination of body and soul.
3. See Sanhedrin 97 a-b as well as Rosh Hashanah
31a; also see Ramchal’s Ma’amar HaIkkurim
(“b’Geulah” and “b’Gemul”), Adir Bamarom (p. 188),
Da’at Tevunot 92, and Klallim Rishonim 9 for a
full explication of the events involved.
Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has translated and commented upon "The Gates of Repentance", "The Path of the Just", and "The Duties of the Heart" (Jason
Aronson Publishers). His works are available in bookstores and in various
locations on the Web.