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Kabbala (Jewish mysticism) talks about there being multiple worlds, but our laws of who-is-a-Jew basically pertain to the world that we know right now. Reincarnation is a concept stressed by kabbalists starting in the late 1500s, though some traditionalists challenged it. Today I'd say most rabbis have heard of the concept, but if someone doesn't believe in ...


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The Ramchal writes in a letter that in his time (already 300 years ago) there is no longer "one" soulmate for everyone - in earlier generations, complete souls came to the world, and each soul had it's other half. However, today our souls are actually just fractions of greater souls, and not necessarily is there a corresponding "piece" to your fraction of a ...


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The following appears on page 253 of the The Maggid Speaks: Favorite Stories and Parables of Rabbi Sholom Schwadron, by Paysach J. Krohn. This would support the attribution to the Chofetz Chaim. In this version of the story (possibly changed from the origina), it is indeed given as "fats (oil or shortenings) used in baking and frying".


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I do not know how much I can help you, but I will write what I know. In "sefer Torat haBait" of the Hafetz Haim, Torah study is often compared to a treasure that people do not appreciate because of its abundance, see chapter 1 and 4 (third point). However I couldn't find a complete rendition of the classical parable you mention. In particular the story in ...


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The Ramchal, as translated by Rabbi Abba Zvi Naiman in The Elucidated Derech Hashem (1:3:2) states: "[...] The Divine Wisdom decreed that a person be composed of two opposing elements. That is, he should be created from a pure, intellectual soul and an earthy, obscure body [...]." Rabbi Abba Zvi Naiman in his Zichron Yaakov Eliyahu commentary on the ...


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My knowledge and expertise are certainly not profound enough to answer this question as a real scholar would do. However, let me answer with an in-your-face provocative counter-question: Is there a distinct "Amalekite" soul? So to say: is a soul bound by its alleged nature to a destiny? Is the free will shadowed by a predestined nature of our soul which we ...


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This question has been discussed extensively by many great Rabbis throughout Jewish history with the majority saying that there really is a distinct "Jewish soul". I suggest you learn the original sources yourself. To get you started here is the Ramchal: ואמנם כיוון שיש בהם בחינה אנושיית, אף על פי שהיא שפלה, רצה הקב"ה שיהיה להם מעין מה שראוי ...


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the body acts as a limiter/bottleneck to the soul. the soul is perfectly capable of seeing without physical eyes or thinking without a physical brain (see this audio by rabbi zev leff). but while it is attached to the body, it is limited by the body. hence a small child is incapable of abstract thought and a ko boxer may not grasp anything - the soul's ...


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To echo what Shalom said: Let's say, hypothetically, that Hashem "planned on" giving Jewish souls to children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. However, Torah lo bashamayim hi - The [power to determine] Torah is not in the Heavens. In the times of the Mishanah and Gemarah, Chazal had the power to change reality by virtue of their declarations. A ...


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Perhaps this Midrash (Vayikra Rabbah 4:5) indirectly addresses your question: תני ר' ישמעאל משל למלך שהיה לו פרדס והיה בו בכורות נאות והושיב בו המלך שומרים אחד חיגר ואחד סומא ואמר להן הזהרו על בכורות הנאות האלו לימים אמר חיגר לסומא בכורות נאות אני רואה בפרדס אמר לו סומא הבא ונאכל אמר לו חיגר וכי יכולני להלך אמר סומא וכי רואה אני רכב חיגר ע"ג סומא ואכלו ...


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The Ramchal in Da'at Tevunot refers to the soul as a chelek eloah mima'al. The reference is in siman 24 (page 7) of the R' Chaim Friedlander edition. I don't know if there are any sources older than that, but it sounds from the Ramchal's verbiage that the concept was already pretty well known.


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its a quotation from Scripture (Iyov 31:2) and see tanya, (by rabbi shneur zalman boruchovitch - first lubavitch rebbe ) those are the first words of chapter two: (with the addition of the word "mamesh" ) it is explained there a length. here is a quote to describe G-d’s implanting the Jew’s soul in his body signifies that this soul originates in the ...



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