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"

Ch. 4: "The Prophetic Experience"

Paragraph 6

But don't ever imagine that prophets were simply inscrutable mystics who set themselves apart from society and only communed with the Divine their whole lives long. For despite the subtle, quiet, and cosmic nature of their preparations the prophets were indeed very much of this world and could in fact be said to have been the portals through which heaven and earth met. (Though that's not to deny the decidedly mystical and enlightening nature of the prophetic experience per se.)

In any event, prophets were oftentimes sent by G-d to fulfill certain missions which demanded that they interact with society. But not only were the more experienced prophets required to do that; novice prophets were, too. And they sometimes erred.

For as we all know, different things happen to people (inside and out) when they address others -- even prophets. And things can go wrong.

So indeed, novice prophets' messages were sometimes "colored" one way or another in the course of their encounters, and they consequently didn't manage to carry out their mission accurately in those instances, which was a fatal flaw on their part.

Prophets clearly had to be careful about what they perceived and expressed, and about what was affecting their encounters with both the Divine (from whom they received their inspiration) and with their audiences.

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 SHOFTIM AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Truthful Judge
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

Judges, Kings, Workers & Scholars
Shlomo Katz - 5771

G-d Save the King
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Rabbi Frand on Rosh HaShana
- 5769

The Special Role of the Kohen Who Reminds Us of the Source of Success at War
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

The Morality of Intolerance
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

War and Leadership
Shlomo Katz - 5762

In All Fairness
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Judging By The Situation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

> Shofar: Shock Treatment
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

The Blessings We All Hope For
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Its Good to be the King?
Jon Erlbaum - 0

ArtScroll

Playing Fair
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Satisfaction Can Bring Him Back
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Words of Exhortation
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Hanging onto Holiness by a Thread
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760



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