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Thursday, April 28, 2005
  The Soul Confusion

Over YomTov I read an excellent and eye opening book by R' Aryeh Kaplan z"tl called 'If you were G-d'. There were many profound eye-openers in this 50 page book which I may decide to share. Here is one concept that I found to be fascinating.

What happens to the soul during and immediately after death?

We are taught that immediately after death, the soul is in a state of great confusion. This is why it's best that a person should have someone near them when they die, so that they do not die alone.
The disembodied soul is very much aware of the physical surroundings of it's body, even more so before the body is buried. This is the reason why Jews bury their dead as soon as possible. In many cases the same day of death.
After the soul is disembodied its sort of incoherent. It is for this reason that the soul will try to hang around the body. This will give the soul some sense of clarity.
During this time, the soul is aware of and identifies with the decomposition of the body. The Talmud thus teaches us that "Worms are as painful to the dead as needles in the flesh of the living, as it is written (Job 14:22), 'His flesh grieves for him'." Most commentaries write that this refers to the psychological anguish of the soul in seeing its earthly habitation in a state of decay. The Kabbalists call this Chibut HaKever, "punishment of the grave." We are taught that what happens to the body in the grave can be even more painful than Gehenom.

R' Kaplan explains, that the more a person is obsessed with there physical body and their own ego, the longer their soul will cling to the decomposing body and go through this horrible process.
A person must realize that their bodies are only temporary. The 'Real World' is the world to come.
- posted by Prodly @ Thursday, April 28, 2005


Comments:
About all I can sayt right now is Thanks....
Sklaro...
I was there with my Father . And after the doctors finished up and I was informed , and the body was covered up with white sheets.... so, I walked back into the room and ... and you get the idea... I felt His presence,... I spoke and cried to (with) him...
Anyways. Thanks.
Simchas
peace,
Matt
ps... your blog spot is very impresive..

# posted by Anonymous Matt Kanter : 11:41 PM
 


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