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 2: "Theurgy"

Paragraph 2

Now, the transcendent forces needn't always follow the "chain of command" we depicted last time. They can be made to veer off-course and to affect change in other, unexpected ways. And that's where theurgy comes in.

G-d thus granted humankind the ability to manipulate the natural course of events through natural means, and He granted certain special souls the right to do that through supernatural means. And while disparate, the two systems do have certain things in common.

Understand, of course, that while the changes we're capable of making today thanks to advances in science and technology are astounding and sometimes do seem to bump against the edges of the supernatural, they're still-and-all rooted in the laws of nature. And that the inscrutable changes in the past that where often *touted* as being supernatural were usually sham and sleight-of-hand. So the modern reader is understandably skeptical. But we're assured that supernatural changes *do* come about when those souls schooled in the process engage in it.

In any event, there are "laws of supernature" just as there are laws of nature, and practitioners of theurgy need to be well-schooled in those laws and they're restricted to them.

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 VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Shehechiyanu in Bergen Belsen
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

Basic Concepts and Laws
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Twin Peaks
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

> Light Over Darkness
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

Horns and Hedonism
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

A Special Land
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Bonding Time
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

It's Who You're Dealing With
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

Understanding True Value in This World
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Chanukah: A Postscript
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

It's Good For You
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5763

Seekers of HASHEM
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

ArtScroll

A New Role
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Yosef's Approach to God-Based Events
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

The Key To Something More
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

The Birth of a Nation
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 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