Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt"l, says, “Your face is like a screen and your soul like a projector which projects on your face the glory of the human soul, which has in it the greatness of Hashem." (10 steps to Greatness, tape #706)

Are there any sefarim or gemaras that speak about the connection between one's soul anyone and his face?


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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.

  • how do you know he didn't see something that he interpreted as tzelem elokim.. He might've interpreted it wrongly
    – barlop
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 21:22
  • I agree that Rabbi Avigdor Miller saw tzelem elokim in everyone. @barlop when you've reached the level of Rabbi Miller, believe me, you can tell.
    – Turk Hill
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 20:06
  • @TurkHill I think an answer is that tzelem elokim can refer to great values like integrity and caring. And sometimes one can get a strong impression that somebody is a good person, and thus manifests that or some divine attributes. And some say they can see a spark of goodness in everybody.
    – barlop
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 23:02
  • @barlop Yes, I agree.
    – Turk Hill
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 23:27

The concept of seeing one's projected onto one's body, particularly the face, is found in the Zohar 2:70a and explained by Rav Moshe Miller here

"Now see to it" - look at the hair [which includes] the lines on the forehead and the eyebrows. "From among all the people" - the eyes [which includes] the layers of the eyes [i.e. the pupil, iris, and the white of the eye] and the lines under the eye. "Men of stature" - those who have the ability to stand in the halls of the King [this alludes to] the glow of the face, at the face itself, [and] the lines and folds of the face, and the beard. "Who hate corruption…" - the hands, the lines and marks of the hands.

When Moshe Rabbenu was charged with finding judges for the nation, he looked at their faces to see the 'projection' of their soul.

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