Neshamah - The Soul
Neshamah - by Adam Rhine
Acrylic, Watercolor, and Colored Pencil on Arches Watercolor Paper

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“Halleluyah! Praise G-d, O my soul! I will praise G-d while I live, I will make music to my G-d while I exist...” Tehillim/Psalm 150

The nature of the divine soul is to yearn for closer and closer union with God. The individual connected to the neshama level of the soul will never be satisfied by the pleasures and desires of this world, because s/he aspires to transcendent union. The neshama level of the divine soul is connected to the intellect in the realm of conceptual understanding. It is the source of individual identity seeking to comprehend the manifestation of divine energy in the created world and is realized through religious and mystical discipline.

It contemplates the coming-into-being of life and existence from nothingness. It is the breath of life – neshama derives from the word neshimah which means “breath” – as conscious presence in, and attunement to, each breath connecting to the Source of all Being. At this level of increasing spiritual light, love is revealed through intellectual comprehension of the divine, filling the heart with the desire for godliness and communion with God as Creator of the worlds.

Text by Louise Temple from the calendar "Hebrew Illuminations"