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. 5: "Moses as a Prophet"

Paragraphs 1 & 2

All right -- we've learned so far that there have been false prophets, near prophets, and full-fledged prophets. We're now going to concentrate on a whole other order of prophecy -- that of Moses.

After all, it was Moses who was granted the Torah itself in a prophetic vision, which no other prophet could ever claim; so his level of prophecy had to have been far more profound than anyone else's. But how so?

Let's backtrack a bit. We spoke before of part of the prophetic experience being Divine emanations seeping into the prophet's being (4:2,4). Now, understand that that usually happened to a prophet while he was either in a trance or dreaming.

But that's not to say that *our* dreams or any trance states we might enter into are anything like signs of revelation or windows through anything other than our unconscious minds, because they're not. After all, we were never trained in prophecy. It's just meant to say that the medium (or "vehicle") through which G-d's messages came was the prophet's own unconscious mind.

But one's unconscious mind is by definition out of his control and a passive phenomenon. Thoughts or communications *occur* to one's unconscious mind, and there's little he can do initiate them or respond to them on the spot on a rational level. We'll have to wait to explore the implications of this fact, though.


Copyright 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON MASEI AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Mourning on the 9th of Av: The Reasons
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Where Have You Been?
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Murphy's Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

ArtScroll

Confusing Causation
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5768

Motivational Techinque
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Stay Cool
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Daughters of Tzlofchad
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Wandering Jew
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

The Future Comes First
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

> Power of Prayer
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Listen to the Mussar
- 5767

Kinder and Gentler Killers
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Crossover Holiness
Shlomo Katz - 5760

To Tell You The Truth...
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

A Judgement Call
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Close Enough?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774



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