Rabbi Steinsaltz: “A principle concerning the nature of man.”

 

Rabbi Steinsaltz writes:

In some midrash exegesis it is said that Adam at first reached from one end of the world to the other, but that after sinning, God put His hand on him and Adam’s size was diminished to the human stature.

The Kabbalah deals with the matter as a principle concerning the nature of man.

A man should strive to penetrate beyond the fourth dimension of time into the fifth dimension of experience, where he reaches the other extreme of existence, original being.

Instead, the range of human experience, the stature of man, extends only so far as his ego reaches.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

 

From “The Great Awe of Pachad Yiyzchok, In the Beginning

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