Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Eating and talking like a human being
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Page 34 – near the middle of the page. Line starts, “hanefesh atsmah... (at the end of that line)”
The kochot can never fathom the full depth and richness of the nefesh, and yet we also refer to the nefesh itself as nefesh hamiskelet, that it has a quality of sechel. Why?
When one goes into a hall set up for a banquet he doesn't need to see the bride and groom to know that something special is going on – not just the food.
The way a person eats is reflective of being a human being and not an animal/eater. Sechel describes and guides how to eat like a human being. The nefesh doesn't give these directions per se, the nefesh says, “you're human not just an animal that eats”.
This is the translation of the essence at the sechel level. Something of the essence comes down to the functioning level.
Sechel identifies how things correlate.
The nefesh is called nefesh hamiskelet even though it is way beyond sechel/mind. Nefesh doesn't apply sechel to know what it wants and to know right and wrong.
... וחיי עולם