Already Aristotle understood that time is change. In Kabbalah, time is synonymous with change. We measure this change by counting periodic cycles. The bit of time is the frequency of existence and the music of life.
The physical rhythms parallel the rhythms of spiritual realms. Our soul trembles, oscillating between the suicidal tendency to merge with the Divine and expire in what is called klot hanefesh, “dissolution of the soul,” and the realization that the ultimate purpose is to serve its Maker in a body in this physical world. The soul runs up, as it where, burning with the desire to cleave to G‑d, but as it does, it is inspired with the higher purpose to return to its mission in the body… only to repeat this cycle again and again. To be or not to be… That is the question with which every soul must struggle. Perhaps, this is why the soul of man is compared to a candle – the soul’s oscillations are akin to the flickering of the candle’s flame.
The soul of man is a candle of G‑d”. (Proverbs 20:27)
To be or not to be? – That is the question
That poor Hamlet asks me every night.
I search for answers looking for suggestions
To lay to rest the soul’s eternal plight.
To run and to return – with each succession,
The angels turn the clock for world to last.
The time flow’s unstoppable progression
That sweeps away the future into past.
To touch or not to touch – a contradiction!
Construe its meaning and unleash the light.
The secret of Divine benediction,
The vessel for the light that will delight.
The Wounded Angel (1903) by Hugo Simberg (1873‒1917).
Source: Ateneum Art Museum/public domain
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