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Lost in a Space Suit

Lost in a Space Suit

Kabbala Toons: Episode XVII

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Lost in a Space Suit: Kabbala Toons: Episode XVII

You are not your spacesuit
Conception, Birth, Fetus, Body & Soul

Don't you think it's rather unfair to take this pristine G_dly soul, throw it into a bag of meat and bones, and then tell it, "Now go about life like a mentsch. Don't sin. Only do good. Remember, it's all on video."?

So I'll let you in on a secret. A Kabbalah secret. According to the master Kabbalist, the Arizal, as a soul is descending through the higher worlds, it passes through a place called, "the lower garden of Eden"--and there it picks up a practice body. The practice body is not your regular hunk of meat like we get down here. It's a lot more responsive to the soul and more flexible, too. It can handle both spiritual and physical realms, transporting smoothly from one to the other. It doesn't need food to survive and isn't so hampered by other physical limitations, such as matter (it can go through walls) and space (it can be projected to a far distance faster than the speed of light).

Nevertheless, this practice body looks and functions just like the body which the soul is scheduled to pick in the material world. So the soul gets a practice period, learning how to do things like move a body's arms to put on tefillin or light a Shabbat candle, talk nicely and share its toys, eat food so it can say a blessing before and after--all the basic Torah stuff a soul is commissioned to do down here. In other words, a hands-on rehearsal of the entire Torah before birth.

Once born, this practice body (known sometimes as the tzelem--which literally means a shadow or a form, and sometimes as the levush--meaning a suit, like in spacesuit) invests itself within the physical body. This physical body, however, comes pre-programmed with a mind of its own. A meat mind. It's interests are in matters such as eating, drinking and otherwise deriving pleasure from its surroundings. In a way, that's a good thing, since the G_dly soul isn't the slightest bit interested in those things, yet it cannot fulfill its mission without them. On the other hand, it also presents a great challenge to the soul, which will have to rein in this meat-brain animal from rolling in the mud looking for all those pleasures when it's supposed to be helping the soul with its divine mission.

So now you have a soul invested within a semi-spiritual body invested within a physical body pre-programmed for physical life. If the connections are all clean and solid, the soul will have a much easier time taking control of this body, even when it wants to run wild through the swamps of life. If, however, the practice body connection was never really tight, then life down here is going to be much more challenging.

(Some Kabbalists know how to project their semi-spiritual levush to distant places, in order to perform special missions without actually having to go there. The people who see this levush, believe they saw the Kabbalist himself, while he may have been sitting somewhere on the other side of the planet. Most of us, however, should not attempt such practices, since you never know if you'll be able to get the levush back into the body.)

Now let's get to the practical stuff: The body your child gets is a product of your DNA plus your partner's DNA, along with some mitochondrial and environmental factors. The soul is chosen Up Above. There's a schedule that says, "at time x, the world needs soul x to descend to place x and get x done."

And here's the scary part: The practice body, the levush, is formed by the thoughts and mindset of the parents, especially at the time of the child's conception. Throughout the child's life, this levush remains connected to the parents, which is why a child has a mitzvah to honor his mother and father. So, practically speaking, your purity of thought and attitude to your spouse has a very profound effect on your child's journey through life. And your child's journey has a profound effect on you.

Written and conceived by Tzvi Freeman. Rabbi Freeman is available for public speaking and workshops. Read more on his bio page.
Music by The Piamentas
Rabbi Infinity played by Andrew Torres
Animation and SFX by Pilar Newton of Pilar Toons
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J. Faraday Paramaysareh, India September 2, 2011

Toda Rabba!! a note on your wonderful blogs:
the blogs to each 'toon' are really important!! they explain so much more & fulfill the brain's curiosity when the eye has already been visually awoken by the short video segments.

Shabbat Shalom Reply

mdegft sh new york February 16, 2010

They are not good besides the previous ones Reply

Simcha Frankel Los Angeles, Ca February 16, 2010

Yah Tzvi Freeman You did it agaiin. Excellent and clear and creative. Thanks Reply

Anonymous randolph, NJ November 6, 2009

personality Rabbi, where does the personality of the person comes from body or soul?
Aren't some soul from kidness and others from severity. When this change happened to the soul? Reply

Rabbi Infinity August 29, 2008

Re: the soul It has headquarters in the brain and a regional office in the heart, but where it really wants to be is in the heart. Reply

anonymous postville, iowa August 29, 2008

the soul how come whenever your trying to show the soul you put it in the heart? it's really in the brain? Reply

Anonymous Brooklyn, NY July 23, 2008

Nice I wish you would do more than once a week! These Kaballa Toons are great! Reply

odeya jablonski melbourne, victoria,australia June 23, 2008

I'm lost in a space suit! Sooo cute!
My sister would love this! Reply

Jake Anchorage, AK February 23, 2008

Noahide Just want you to know, Tzvi, that your great Kabbala Toons are loved up here in Anchorage, Alaska by my family of Noahides. Can't wait for the DVD! Reply

Shmuly Brooklyn, NY January 28, 2008

Great stuff!! Keep this stuff coming! Loving it.
Any sources in Chassidus that you can post about the idea of the Luvushim Neshomo being practice body. thanks. Moshiach NOW!! Reply

Deborah Sarah Aberdeen, NJ January 21, 2008

G-d inspired you truly it's obivious Rabbi,
Your work is outstanding. G-d has truly blessed you with a great means of educating who HE really is. Bravo for you following HIS guidance. We need these messages to reach our lost "secular jews" as well as many of our orthodox who do not believe in the power of Kabbala thought. I look forward to the day when I myself can make a difference on a large scale. Reply

Tzvi Freeman (Author) January 14, 2008

Re: DVD Yes, we are planning a DVD in the near future, G_d willing. We're hoping for coffee mugs, too. It's great to hear there's some clamor for it already. Anyone else out there interested? Reply

Yael January 10, 2008

Just get better!! Your toons just get better and deeper! it's amazing how much spirituality you've cramed in 2 min.!!
thanks a million! Reply

Rabbi Infinity January 9, 2008

Re: Question Zakly! Underneath the spacesuits, it's all one soul. That's why people who make the spacesuit the main thing can never be real friends. You can only connect deeply with a person if you look past the spacesuit and see the soul inside--cuz the souls are all one.

KToons are for everyone. Everyone comes from Adam. G_d blew the breath of life into Adam. One breath. One Adam. Reply

Rivka (Lois) Glasgow, UK January 8, 2008

Question Dear Rabbi Infinity,

Wonderful Wonderful videos you make. May you be able to make many more!

I was wondering:
If the "real you" is a Godly soul, then are people actaully different to each otherm, or just their "spacesuits"

Also, non-Jews have that Godly soul too, right?

With kind regards Reply

Lea montevideo, Uruguay January 5, 2008

really good these messages are really deep, srtaight to the point and also cute and fun! good job! keep it up Reply

c January 3, 2008

DVD is there a way to get these episodes on DVD?
they are powerful lessons. Reply

chaya Albany, ny January 1, 2008

videos I love the videos. love, Reply

Moshe Franco December 31, 2007

Very understanding thanks a lot. Reply

Anonymous Greenville, SC December 31, 2007

Reminder of Who We Are Thanks, Rabbi F. This brought me back to myself in a moment of real panicky crisis. Reply

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