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The soul and body of Adam

“G-d formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils a breath of life. Man thus became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7).
Adam stood at the crossroads of creation. His body was formed from the earth—“min ha’adamah”; hence, the name Adam. Yet his soul originated from the innermost aspect of
G-dliness when G-d blew into his nostrils. The Zohar quotes, “It is of his inward and innermost vitality that a man emits through blowing with force.” So too when G-d “blew” man’s soul into his nostrils, G-d blew from deep within Him. Job describes man’s soul as “a part of G-d above” (Job 31:2). This Divine spark is enclothed within an earthly shell. It is interesting to note that in Hebrew, the word Adam is made of three letters; Aleph, Dalet, Mem. The letter Aleph always refers to G-d who is the Aluf – the Commander in Chief of the world. The letters Dalet and Mem combined read the word “Dam” which is the Hebrew for the word blood. Adam is the juxtaposition of Aleph – the Divine, and Dam – blood the most corporeal element. Man can either rise to great spiritual heights or plummet into the depths of the material. He may oscillate
between crass hedonism and spiritual ecstasy. The purpose of creation, as we shall explain clearly in a further chapter is not that man should escape into the spiritual, nor should he wallow in the material, rather, man embodies the perfect synthesis between the two realms. His purpose is to fuse spirituality with the world, to permeate the physical world with the Divine and bring heaven down to earth.
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