Why did some people worship their gods by defecating on them?Read More Porcelain Gods
It is known that the soul of man is hewn from the four spiritual elements from which all the upper realms were formed, and they are the four letters of the Tetragrammaton (the four letter Name of G-d)… So too, the body of man is formed from the four elements of the lower realm, that […]Read More The Four Elements of Your Soul
So I recently was asked to start giving a weekly class on Jewish history to Jewish teens attending public schools in the Seattle area. I consider myself something of a history afficionado, particularly when it comes to Jewish history, but I never took pains to memorize all the details necessary to be an authority on […]Read More A Page Out of History: Early Chassidic Thought
It is through the power of charity that the dead are destined to be resurrected.Read More Elijah, Jonah, and Resurrection
Please see the introduction to this series for context. So we were talking about whether Pinchas and Eliyahu are the same. Popular belief has it that they are, while the sources we’ve examined so far indicate that they aren’t. Now, that said, the view that Pinchas is Eliyahu is not without basis — there are sources […]Read More Eliyahu according to… ME?
Nephesh ha-Chaim 1:15 (here the author explains why the parts of the soul are called nephesh, ruach and neshamah respectively): One might wonder that indeed the meaning of the term ‘neshamah’ (soul) is ‘breath’ (neshimah), and it appears that man’s breath is the air that rises from the chest, from below to above… and is not a higher order […]Read More More on the Soul
From Nephesh ha-Chayim, 1st Gate, Chapter 14: “Action is the faculty of the Nephesh, as it is written, ‘the soul (nephesh) that will do…’ (Numbers 15:30), ‘the souls (nephashoth) that do…’ (Leviticus 18:29), as well as many similar examples, ‘for the blood is the soul (nephesh)’ (Deuteronomy 12:23), meaning that the nephesh dwells and clothes itself in […]Read More More on Nephesh