Heavenly Levels

What is the meaning of Shechina?

Question: Can you please counsel me on the subject of Shekina?

Answer: The concept of Shechina (as the Hebrew word is commonly spelled in English) is simple. Yet, it is very deep. Explanations of spiritual matters can be discussed from the different perspectives that Torah sources provide. Each perspective adds to the understanding of the subject. The list below briefly covers a range of perspectives on the subject of G-d’s Shechina. Read more »


What are the main levels of spiritual realms?

Here is a broad “road map” of the range of spiritual levels, from “above to below.” This involves some deeper spiritual topics which are discussed in Chassidic teachings. [1] It may seem like an abrupt introduction with several new terms and concepts. But if you study it carefully detail by detail, it should make sense as a logical process.

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If the Garden of Eden is spiritual, did it exist on Earth?

The original Garden of Eden was on Earth, because Adam and Hava (Eve) were created as sinless and immortal. G-d’s Presence (the Shechinah) was dwelling in this world together with them. If Adam and Hava had not sinned, that state of spiritual bliss would have continued to exist in the world. Their sin brought death into the world, by which the soul is separated from the body. This was part of G-d’s plan. In the culmination of the Messianic Era with the Resurrection of the Dead, the world will reach its ultimate perfection.

That future spiritual perfection and bliss will be immeasurably greater than it would have been if they had not sinned. (May it come speedily in our days!) The greater future reward comes from people’s participation in correcting and improving the world through G-d’s teachings in the Torah. Until then, departed souls must suffice with receiving a temporary reward in the levels of the spiritual “Garden of Eden”.