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Making Soul Correction

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Making soul correction

I just love how HaShem ties everything together.

Over the past few years I have been pondering, meditating and chewing on the conversation G-d had with Cain in Genesis 4.

Gen. 4:6-7

And HaShem said to Cain, “Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen? Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven. But if you do not improve yourself, sin rest at the door. Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it.”

Let’s look at a few quotes from Rabbi Shalom Arush’s book, In Forest Fields A Unique Guide To Personal Prayer.

“The first step toward teshuva (repentance), self-correction and character perfection is establishing a daily 60 minute session of personal prayer and self-evaluation. Nothing is so conducive to self-improvement as an hour a day of judging oneself, thanking HaShem, expressing hopes and aspirations, and praying for them.” Pg 58

“All we have to do is set aside an hour a day for prayer in solitude, whether out in the field, in the office or in the kitchen at home, and speak to HaShem – our beloved Father in Heaven – in our own words. We take stock of everything we did in the previous 24 hours since our last session of personal prayer in solitude. We judge ourselves on three levels – thoughts, speech, deeds. We rectify our wrongdoings and resolve to improve. We ask HaShem to bring us closer to Him. Such a process of personal prayer frees a person from stress, worry, sadness, and all other negative emotions. Even far better, when we judge ourselves, HaShem doesn’t let the Heavenly court judge us, and we save ourselves untold anguish and severe judgments.” Pg. 56

Here is what I find interesting in the rabbis comments,

“We must judge ourselves on three levels – thoughts, speech and deeds.”

This screams soul correction as these very levels of correction is tied to the three different parts of ones soul

Nefesh – this is the animal part of the soul that is tied to our deeds

Ruach – this is our spirit/breath and is tied to our speech

Neshamah – this part of the soul is seated in the brain and is tied to our thoughts.

When we consider Genesis 4 were G-d tells Cain that he just needed to improve himself to keep sin away but if he did not then sin was waiting for him. But with improvement he would receive forgiveness of his actions.

This proves the rabbis point on how G-d will stop the Heavenly court from judging us if we would only judge ourselves and make the needed self improvements.

Then we find that the three areas we must judge our self, is actually dealing with each part of our soul thus through personal prayer we are working on making complete soul correction from day to day.

“Let us make…”

Posted: May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The following blog was inspired by a teaching by Rabbi Freundlich of Atlanta Scholars Kollel. The following is taken from my notes and thoughts on his lecture; Ramban: Five minutes a day – Bereishis (Genesis) 1:26

What does it mean when the Torah says; “Let us make man in our image” when HaShem (G-d) tells us that He has no form or image?

On the 1st day of creation G-d created all the elements that would be needed for creating everything else. By the time we get to the firth and sixth days we get a glimpse in to the creating process.

Heretics who have not been taught correctly the Hebrew and its proper interpretation will make falsified claims of the scripture. But when one learns and looks at the whole passage in context the simple and plain meaning comes forth from the word of G-d.

Bereishis 1: 24-26

And G-d said: ‘Let the earth bring forth the living creature after its kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after its kind.’ And it was so. And G-d made the beast of the earth after its kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the ground after its kind; and G-d saw that it was good. And G-d said: ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’

A ton of wealth can be found in digging into this passage.

First we see here that G-d tells the earth to bring forth living creatures as the earth has a part to play in G-d’s creating process. We see this when we continue down within the same uninterrupted flow of statements. God is having a conversation with the earth – they are partners in the creation of man.

Then G-d says, “Let us make man in our image…”; G-d just finished telling the earth to bring forth animals then He speaks again, “Let us…”. What is learned here? That G-d is still speaking to the earth, the ‘us’ in the verse is G-d and the earth partnering together in the creation process.

The message here is that G-d, is telling the earth to bring forth man with all the physicality’s of the animal kingdom – the image of animals, flesh and bone – then G-d said that He will place with in man a part of Him, a part of the Elyon , the Divine Spark,  in man that will cause him to become a living soul. The eternal part of man or Divine Spark is not seen; as we have not seen any form or image of G-d and thus from that part of Him is where our souls come from.

Thus we now have the understanding of the ‘us’ in verse 26