Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Soul Thou Hast Given Me Is Pure | אֱלֹהָי נְשָׁמָה

The Soul Thou Hast Given Me Is Pure | אֱלֹהָי נְשָׁמָה

אֱלֹהָי נְשָׁמָה


NEXT to God’s unity, the most essential and characteristic doctrine of Judaism is that concerning God’s relation to man. Heathenism degraded man by making him kneel before brutes and the works of his hand: Judaism declared man to be made in the image of God, the crown and culmination of God’s creation, the appointed ruler of the earth. In him, as the end of Creation, the earthly and the divine are singularly blended.

Judaism rejects the idea of an inherent impurity in the flesh or in matter as opposed to the spirit. Nor does Judaism accept the doctrine of Original Sin.

In the words of the daily morning prayer, ‘The soul that Thou hast given me is pure, Thou hast created it, Thou hast fashioned it, and Thou hast breathed it into me, and Thou preservest it within me, and at the appointed time Thou wilt take it from me to return it within me in the future’.
K. KOHLER, 1904,
in Jewish Encyclopedia.

Excerpt From A Book of Jewish Thoughts By Dr. J H. Hertz

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