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Rabbi Avigdor Miller told Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen towards the end of his life that he was able to see the Tzelem Elokim in every person, even a goy. I heard this from Rabbi Simcha Bunim himself, with that said, and having seen it himself. I don't need to see this in any other sefer, I trust Rabbi Avigdor Miller.


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See Zohar on parashat Yitro, in Zohar 73a. For example: עיינין צהיבין ירוקין, שגעונא אית ביה, ובגין שגעוניה איהו פום ממלל רברבן, ועביד גרמיה כבר נש רב ברברבנו... IF his eyes are yellowish-green, he has madness about him, and because of this madness his mouth speaks in a bombastic manner, and he carries a self-importance about himself... I ...


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Nefesh HaChaim 1:14: מחשבה היא בחינת הנשמה שהיא המלמדת לאדם דיעה ובינה בתוה"ק. לכן עיקר משכנה הוא במוח כלי המחשבה Thought is the faculty of the soul (Neshama) which teaches the person knowledge and understanding in Torah. Therefore its primary residence is in the mind, the tool of thought.


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The Gemara (Brachos 58a) writes that just as the appearance of one's face is unique, so is one's personality. R. Tzadok of Lublin (Dover Tzedek) explains this comparison on the principle that עיקר הנפש היא בפנים Rough translation: The soul is mostly in the face. R. Ezekiel Landau explains the Gemara similarly (Tzlach to Berachos ch. 9 58b I think) ...


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from a paper on evolution i wrote a while back. Abstract thought. This is expressed in the ability of intelligent speech. True, animals can communicate and have intelligence but it is only a "practical intelligence". They are not able to think abstractly, to hold a thought, ponder it and deliberate on it abstractly. It is because of this that one ...


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There are indeed several sources among the works of Chassidus and later kabbalistic works which describe the soul as being a spiritual counter-shape to the shape of the physical body. In other words, just as the physical body has 613 parts, so does the soul. (I believe that this idea is based on the Zohar, Beraishis 9a but I won't go into details) For ...


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There are two general approached to this question. One approach, which I have seen in multiple sources, is that the body is also a future vessel of the soul, after the resurrection. This body will ultimately be reunited with the soul share in the pleasures of the ultimate reward post-resurrection. The earliest source that I know of for this idea is the Kol ...


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Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 3 For there is a happening for the children of men, and there is a happening for the beasts-and they have one happening-like the death of this one is the death of that one, and all have one spirit, and the superiority of man over beast is nought, for all is vanity. יט. כִּי מִקְרֶה בְנֵי הָאָדָם וּמִקְרֶה הַבְּהֵמָה ...



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