Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"The Way of G-d"

Part 3: "The Soul, Inspiration, Prophecy, and the Supernatural"
Chapter 1: "The Soul and its Influence"

Paragraph 1

There's no doubt that the Heavens speak to us -- the transcendent forces, angels, G-d Himself. The only question is, through which medium? Through our soul? Our heart? Our imagination? Our mind? Through all four? We'll have to back up a bit to explain a few things before we can answer that, though.

Let's start somewhat at the beginning. Unlike other beings, we humans are comprised of a blend of two dissimilar and utterly antithetical elements -- a body and a soul. (The antithetical nature of the two, by the way, explains most of our inner-conflicts, our confusions about just who we are, and so much more.)

Like our bodies, our soul is actually an amalgam of very many components. For now, though, we'll concentrate on its lowest one -- what's referred to as its "animating" component. Understand that the animating component is a part of our Divine soul all right, but it's the part that has direct bearing on our physicality and is also shared by other beings.

In fact, *everything* has an animating component of the soul (some refer to it as the "animating spirit"). It's the subtle and numinous phenomenon that quite literally *animates* each and every thing and governs its growth. It's passed on to everything at birth, and wends its way throughout its body until that particular entity -- person, animal, object, etc. -- becomes what it's supposed to be. The animating component stays with it throughout its existence, and governs both its physical and intellectual growth (depending, of course, on the kind of entity it is).

Now, our intellects are extraordinarily different from other beings', as we all know, despite the fact that we have the same type of animating component. And we also enjoy other abilities including imagination, memory, thought and will, which also derive from our animating component. Each one of them serves a unique function in our beings.

But, again, all of this only touches upon the lowest level of the soul -- though it has to do with very important elements of our being like our vitality, our physical well-being, our minds, and the like.

This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel, and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.

Subscribe to Ramchal and receive the class via e-mail.


 






ARTICLES ON YOM KIPPUR:

View Complete List

Benevolent Soldiers
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Teshuvah: Changes
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5769

“The Secrets of Change”
Jon Erlbaum -

ArtScroll

Time to Return
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Completing The Process
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5764

A Fast –Fast Day
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Role of Teshuvah
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Must it Be the Same Old Me?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

It's a Fast One
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Yom Kippur
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Our Next Big Move!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Guilt is Good!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

> Admission
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

The Holy of Holies
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Our Ticket to the Hall of Fame
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Call to Arms
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information