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Why is the Jewish soul called a portion of G-d?

by Rabbi Moshe Miller

  

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Question:

Since G-d not only creates everything, but He IS everything, why then is the Jewish soul called a portion of G-d? So is everything else.


Answer:

You are right, however, G-d is revealed in the soul of a Jew, but is concealed in all the rest of creation. The world was created with the divine name E-lokim which signifies concealment and contraction (called tzimtzum of G-d's Infinite Light that existed before creation), whereas in regard to the Jewish soul the verse states, "man's soul is the candle of G-d (Havaye)"1 -- the verse uses the name Havaye (the Tetragrammaton or Ineffable Name of G-d) which signifies past, present and future simultaneously, i.e., transcending creation.

G-d is revealed in the soul of a Jew

Footnotes

  • 1. Proverbs 20:27.

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