Nothing but Soul!

by tillerofthesoil

“‘… When the blessed Holy One delights in the righteous, what is written? YHWH delights in crushing him by disease [Isaiah 53:10]. This has been established [cf. BT Berakhot 5a], but the reason is that the delight of the blessed Holy One focuses only on soul, not on body; for soul resembles soul, while body is incapable of uniting above – even though the body’s image abides in supernal mystery” (Zohar 1:140b).

“When the human was created, what is written? You clothed me in skin and flesh [Job 10:11]. What then is the human if not skin and flesh, and bones and sinews? But surely the human being is nothing but soul! And these that we have mentioned – skin, flesh, bones, and sinews are all merely a garment; they are a person’s clothing not the human. And when a person departs, he is stripped of those garments that he is wearing” (Zohar 2:76a).