All of us have aspects of our soul that we do not wish to reveal – and also lack the ability to reveal.
This arises both from our desire to keep private areas to ourselves and from the fact that we, ourselves, are only partially familiar with our own soul.
We all have elevated elements and base elements.
We are generally unaware of these, but they may be revealed under particular circumstances.
All of this is part of the mystery of human existence, in which all of these layers are acting within us, even when they are not revealed outwardly.
Due to the limits that are inherent in interpersonal contact, we each recognize the “otherness” of the other at some stage, a recognition that no two people are identical even in the revealed parts of their nefesh, and all the more so in its concealed parts.
We understand that there are as many souls in the world as there are human beings and that they differ from one another in as many ways.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: ”