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 3: "Inspiration and Prophecy"

Paragraph 5

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 "intermediaries".

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 the metaphor).

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.


Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org

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


 






ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Close Only Counts
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Elul Its All Relative
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5769

We're Our Own Enemy
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

ArtScroll

Circumstantial Repentance
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

Parents Need To Speak To Their Children With A Unified Voice
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

War and Peace
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Don't Take Advantage of People's Compassion
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

Love, Awe, Humility, Wisdom, and Birds
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

A Welcome Houseguest
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Judgment
Shlomo Katz - 5759

You Cannot Hide
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Judge Me Tender, Judge Me Sweet
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

> Ideas for Inspiration
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Gratitude - A Hereditary Trait?
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Double Standards
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

Don't Take the Millstones
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770



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