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By the way, generally a "Talmudist" means someone who studies the Talmud; the rabbis who wrote the Talmud are known as The Sages, Hazal (an acronym for "our sages of blessed memory"), or the Tannaim (those before the year 200) and Amoraim (from 200 to 500). Okay, let's back up here. The reading of Deuteronomy is a very nuanced one, which your translation ...
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 ...
Rashi in Maseches Beitza 16a writes that the neshama yesera is: רוחב לב למנוחה ולשמחה ולהיות פתוח לרוחה ויאכל וישתה ואין נפשו קצה עליו This very roughly means that it expands his heart so that he has a greater capacity for rest and joy and is able to eat and drink more without overdoing it.
Rabbi Shnuer Zalman of Liadi explains the idea of the Neshama Yesera in Torah Ohr (Parshas Vayakel pg. 87). The discourse is elucidated in the Chassidus Mevue'res series (Shabbos pg. 23), and is adapted in English here. The basic explanation is as follows: Midrash Rabba writes that the soul is called by five names: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Chaya, and ...
neshama yeterah doesn't literally mean "an extra soul", it means "extra soul" as if the amount of soul that you have is continuous. the conceptualization is for example that you have less soul when you are tired or angry and more soul when you are at rest. see footnote 5 on neshama yeterah in the tenth chapter of The Sabbath by Heschel here.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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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