Body Chemistry

Vayeitzei Reading the Torah (Bible), sometimes, can give a false impression of reading a story, albeit the greatest story ever written. This Divine drama involves colorful characters, sophisticated plots, jealousy, sibling rivalry, deception, struggle, suffering and every human emotion. The profound insight brought to light by Kabbalah – the esoteric interpretation of Torah – was the realization that the human drama played out by Biblical characters is also a mashal – a metaphor or an allegory – that alludes to spiritual forces interacting in higher worlds. Actually, from the point of view of Jewish mysticism, whatever happens down here, first takes place in the spiritual worlds and only later (or on lower levels, from the point of view of seder hishtalshelut – the unfolding of creation) manifests itself in the physical realm. Every [...]