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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Each soul is a part of the Divine. “

Even if a person can achieve some semblance of the feeling associated with being a chariot, he cannot achieve it in absolute truth, because his intellectual strength and the root of his soul are inadequate to the task.

In this context, “absolute truth” connotes an unwavering and unmalleable connection with God.

Nevertheless, every Jew has some level of a connection to this matter, as each soul is a part of the Divine.  

If he exerts the requisite effort, he will, on occasion, likely experience this degree of holiness.

But in order for this to occur in absolute truth, that state of being must be unaffected by the moment and circumstances, such that this person is capable of feeling the same intensity of holiness while reciting the Shema on Tisha B’Av as he does during the climactic closing Ne’ila
prayer of Yom Kippur.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz