The Soul’s Desire

די נשמה ווארט אויבען אויף דעם זמן, ווען זי וועט זוכה זיין אראפגעהן אין א גוף, ווייל די נשמה פילט, וואס זי קען אויפטאן זייענדיק דא למטה. זי קען קומען צו דעם להתענג על הוי'[ה]. איז אויף ווען לייגט מען עס אפ

The soul above awaits the time it will be privileged to descend into a body. For the soul senses how much it can accomplish here below. It can attain the level of “delighting with G-d.” So what is everyone waiting for?1

HaYom Yom, Shabbat Cheshvan 15 5704

Compiled and arranged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 5703 (1943) from the talks and letters of the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.


1. If my Yiddish is correct, I think this literally means, “When will everyone stop lying around?”

Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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