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2 years, 5 months ago
In our dualistic approach, the soul is one that possesses the knowledge of a/the language (not clear to me if all souls speak Hebrew or just 70, like the angels or just any language)
AFAIC, the soul comes from God readymade, not "baby-soul" or "soul-cell", unlike the body that develops.
Once a newborn is out and breathing (or say, during the first year) he should be able to speak as an adult because the soul does not need to learn to speak and he has all the organs needed.
Maybe the soul does not know how to control the tongue and the vocal cords, but once the baby figures out she should be talking like an adult.
Maybe the Tora-teaching angel slaps too hard that the fetus forgets language, but I'm not aware of the gentile practice of learning and slapping.
Maybe some souls are fresh-new "baby-souls", but ARIZ"l proposed that nowadays there are no "new" souls coming down but only "recycled" ones (second-hand or grown-up, so to say).
Of course, the question might be extrapolated to other intellectual or spiritual activities, but I currently focus on speech. So, why do we need to learn a language??
Oct 17, 2020 at 19:54
Al Berko Al Berko
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The Chovos Halovos (no longer remember where)says that babies are born with no intelligence because it would be devastating for them to realize how helpless they are. Without intelligence there is no reason for them to speak. Adults say enough foolishness already. The Mishnah in Pirkey Avos 3:10 talks about the danger of Sichos Yeladim. Imagine adding babies to the mix.
Why are babies born without knowledge and so dependent? Probably because otherwise their parents would never be able to raise and guide them.
Oct 25, 2020 at 23:29
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Contrary to what many think, there is no such thing as
reincarnation. Second, the rabbinic tale about a baby being struck on the nose by an angel and forgets what it learned is not to be taken literally.
Oct 25, 2020 at 22:05
Turk Hill Turk Hill
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