"The Way of G-d"
Part 3: "The Soul, Inspiration, Prophecy, and the Supernatural"
Chapter 3: "Inspiration and Prophecy"
You understand of course that the sort of visceral adhesion onto G-d's
Presence and the experience of "seeing" it that prophets enjoy isn't a
natural phenomenon. It isn't simply the last and inevitable rung of a
ladder one climbs to become one. It calls for input from what Ramchal terms
What they do, we're taught, is act as "lenses" which the prophet peers
through to see (and perhaps as the "glue" which they adhere to, to extend
Some might argue that like all lenses, these lenses must likewise color and
otherwise affect what the prophet sees. But while that's true *to some
degree*, since some intermediaries are purer and thus "clearer" than
others; nonetheless it's G-d's Presence itself that the prophet sees and
senses, as only a prophet would know.
What that indicates, though, is that there are many qualities of prophetic
perception. Some are greater or lesser in degree, and others are greater or
lesser in kind, depending upon the makeup of the prophet himself as well as
of the intermediary he merits.
This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel,
and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.
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