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

Sadly Released from Prison
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Sheepish Leadership
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

World Rectification
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Holy Eyes
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Every Little Bit Counts
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

Heavenly Protection
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Hasmoneans Take a Stand: A History of Chanukah, Part II
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5774

The Journey Continues
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Torah Education
Rabbi Wein - 5768

ArtScroll

The Blessing Emerges From Lowliness
- 5769

Chanaukah Lights
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Whew! What a Message!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

> A Little Oil Goes a Long Way
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

Smokescreen
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

A Legacy of Deceit
Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein - 5762

The Simile of the Dust of the Earth
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766



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