By DovBer Pinson

It is a complete examine the exciting thought of reincarnation as taught by means of the masters of the Kabbalah and as analyzed through significant Jewish thinkers all through historical past. Rav DovBer Pinson offers his readers with a wealthy and interesting research of life's so much confusing query: What occurs after anyone dies?

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In the history of philosophy, there have been many theories concerning the soul, from the loftiest ideas to the most mundane. " The early Greeks, in general (who termed the soul, the 'psyche') and, more specifically, one of the great philosophers in ancient Greece, Anaxagoras (500-428 BCE), believed that 'Nous', reason, intellect, is man's true self. " Plato, in The RepublicI1describes the soul as having three divisions, which he terms: reason, spirit, and appetite. The first; reason, is the awareness of a goal or value.

Tosfot. Vehu. Ad loc. Talmud. Sanhedrin 92b, the commentary Maharsha. Shechipa. Ad loc. 37. See Isaiah chapter 26, verse 19. The Soul and Its Eternity 41 nants of the body which have not disappeared. From this minute bone (it may be the size of an atom or even smaller), God will resurrect the entire body. " The commentaries explain41 that this means that his physical body did not disintegrate. On the verse, "His [Moses'] eyes did not falter, and his strength did not leave him,"42 Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki, 1040-1 105)explains that this verse alludes also to the time after Moses' death, for his eyes did not falter nor did his strength leave him even after his demise.

This was a time when God created all souls, the Godly as well as the animalistic. ^^ One is called the Nefesh Ha-Mekayem, the soul that sustains the body, giving it its very existence. This is the part of the soul which re- 45. See Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah, chapter 4, Halacha 9. 46. Safer Shar HaGilgulim, Hakdamah, 23. Rabbi Dan Yitzchak Abarbanel writes that when the Midrash states, that on the sixth day of creation God created the souls of man. (See Midrash Rabbah. Genesis. ) The soul the Midrash is referring to is the animating soul; the lower levels of soul.

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