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"

Paragraphs 7 & 8

Other things could have gone awry, too. A prophet might have misinterpreted a nuance or two of what had been revealed to him, or he might have understood something that could be taken two ways, the wrong way.

Another way things could have been misinterpreted was based on the fact that revelations involved two things: the point being made, and the words (or acts) used to express it.

Now, some revelations were straightforward and could thus be said outright without regard to terminology. But some others were more symbolic, replete with meaning, and were meant to speak to the generations. So the terms used to express them counted very, very much. The prophecies of the better- known prophets, like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and others of that caliber fit into that category.

Still-and-all, though, each prophet was an individual with his own style, tone, thrust and the like, so each expressed the ideas behind his revelations his own way. Hence, they were sometimes misunderstood.

Othertimes certain arcane acts were to be carried out by the prophet in conjunction with his message. Jeremiah, for example, was instructed to wear a linen belt at one point when he addressed the people (see Jeremiah 13), and to place a yoke about his neck another time (see Jeremiah 27); Ezekiel was told to trace a map of Jerusalem on a brick at a particular moment (see Ezekiel 4), etc.

Rather than only make some sort of intellectual, emotional, and visual impression upon their onlookers (which they did nonetheless) -- these acts were also meant to effect specific far-reaching change in the transcendent forces. Hence they weren't mere "symbols" of this or that, as is commonly thought. They were in fact complex mechanisms of changes in heaven and in earth. But they, too, could be misunderstood.

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

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



View Complete List

Giving Satan What He Really Wants
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

A Name: The Definition of an Essence
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

Prayer Pointers
Mrs. Lori Palatnik - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Yehuda, Yosef and Chanukah
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Of Fire and Money
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

The Strong and the Weak
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

> The Jug May Be Only Half Full, But It Will Never Be Empty
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

Shabbat Shalom
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Yosef and Chanukah
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757


Build with Your Dreams
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Conquering the Land
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

Rabbi Frand on Parshas VaYishlach
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Triumph of Quality Over Quantity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Perceptions: Vayishlach
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775

Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

A Good Name Forfeited in a Moment
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information