Is it brought down anywhere that before birth, the soul yearns to be brought into a physical body, and be in this world, and if yes, how do we reconcile that with what it is taught that the soul is reluctant to enter this world?

  • I thought it was the reverse, that the neshama wants to go back to its source, and resisted being taken down to this world
    – mbloch
    Commented Oct 29, 2023 at 3:52
  • @mbloch Manis Friedman address that in the link below. Basically, the natural instinct is to stay where it is, but the realization of what it can accomplish overpowers that. I imagine it's something like the will to get up in the morning.
    – shmosel
    Commented Oct 29, 2023 at 8:04
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    Based on what @mbloch says - refer to the famous Medrash Tanchuma - Pekudei 3 - sefaria.org/…
    – Dov
    Commented Oct 29, 2023 at 10:45
  • תָּנוּ רַבָּנַן: שְׁתֵּי שָׁנִים וּמֶחֱצָה נֶחְלְקוּ בֵּית שַׁמַּאי וּבֵית הִלֵּל. הַלָּלוּ אוֹמְרִים: נוֹחַ לוֹ לְאָדָם שֶׁלֹּא נִבְרָא יוֹתֵר מִשֶּׁנִּבְרָא, וְהַלָּלוּ אוֹמְרִים: נוֹחַ לוֹ לְאָדָם שֶׁנִּבְרָא יוֹתֵר מִשֶּׁלֹּא נִבְרָא. נִמְנוּ וְגָמְרוּ: נוֹחַ לוֹ לְאָדָם שֶׁלֹּא נִבְרָא יוֹתֵר מִשֶּׁנִּבְרָא, עַכְשָׁיו שֶׁנִּבְרָא — יְפַשְׁפֵּשׁ בְּמַעֲשָׂיו. וְאָמְרִי לַהּ: יְמַשְׁמֵשׁ בְּמַעֲשָׂיו (עירובין יג:ב).
    – user32609
    Commented Nov 1, 2023 at 1:36

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Interestingly, I came across a relevant source in Hayom Yom:

"The soul above eagerly anticipates the moment it can descend into a physical body, recognizing the immense potential for achieving a connection with God and experiencing profound spiritual joy here on Earth. So, what is everyone waiting for?"

In the source, the language is even more explicit. See English Translation here 20-21.

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