Seeking Torah to enhance spiritual understandings for some of today’s challenges

One of the benefits of reading things that I don’t understand fully is that I get bits and pieces of truth and want to use imagination to connect them but only based on Torah. Knowing where to hunt within Torah to make sure all the understanding of one thing out of another is spiritually correct is the next step.  Does anyone care to discuss based on Torah – I am not looking for judgments nor to form judgment here but rather to learn up the topic solidly according to Torah for my own edification:


  1. According to Chazal, the Jewish people are created as the bride, the female, the spouse, to Hashem.  We know this from Mount Sinai where we are told that we are the bride, Hashem the groom and the Torah the ring.  Although the Jewish people are both male and female, in terms of this spiritual role we are all the female element – the neshama, the imagination/builder of the Hashem’ Torah to bring His light into the world.  More on this point is that Yitzchok who represents the midda of gevurah was considered to have a feminine element until the akeida when he acquired the male element (we see the acquiring of a male element when Yaakov is changed to Yisroel and Yosef passes his test with Potiphar’s wife and becomes Yosef HaTzaddik, and the Arizal states that Binyamin also acquires this male element, which is why he stands out with Yosef from his brothers , who were tzaddikim of six characteristics but not in this characteristic of yesod, of including the male element, a level of purity that is designed to insulate against assimilation.  I know that is a big piece here, but that is my limited understanding…I am wondering if anyone can discuss this in a grounded way as I would like to correct my understanding to be true
  2. If all humanity, namely the soul of Adom, is designed with this neshama as female/bina/imagination, yet made male and female, does this provide anything enlightening to the debates about human rights that we are facing?  In other words, is the lack of connecting back to Hashem’s design of creation causing strife between people who sincerely care about respecting one another – is it possible to contradict the way Hashem designs the body for each soul no matter how challenging that may seem and is the denial of Hashem for the reality of one’s own nature the best way to address this issue?
  3. If the task is to bring our subjective challenges through a repair by bringing more and more truth into our beliefs, and we deny that there is an absolute truth, how does that distinguish us as humane when we see what happened to the generation of the flood – again, is denial the way to go or is there a submission that may be complete mesiras nefesh but necessary?
  4. Without insulting anyone or making any judgments, does anyone care to comment on the traditional spiritual roles of men and women and the more progressive changes regarding the role of women?  Does anyone care to extend that discussion to the changed role of women since the 1950’s?  No attacks – just please share Torah and if there is objection to that, please forgive me – I am asking for my own learning up of the matter and not as a judgment.
  5. For those of us who are terribly challenged with fears and anxieties that feel real to us even though they are imprints on our minds, do we understand and empathize with the challenges of others enough to recognize that we alone have no power but that if we beseech Hashem because we realize how fallen and broken we are, that He can change everything just for the asking – if we truly ask everyone to rise above nature, whatever that may be, because we have trust that there is a creator who is desiring to bring into all of us wisdom and truth that can heal all the experiences that torment us, would we gladly see that our challenge is not us?

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