"Spiritual DNA"

This is a "work in progress." Last Updated: January 24, 2011

We are told in Genesis chapter 1 that “Adam” was created in something called “the Image of G-d.” Traditional Torah teaching views all of Creation, in some way, as made in this “Image.” One could consider this as a “spiritual DNA” behind every “thing” there is – including human thought and the products of the creative thinking processes.

There are multiple ways we can approach and understand this Image and its relationship to Creation – all of which are rooted in principles that underlie the Torah. We hope this to be more than a theoretical academic study. The hope is that by examining these deeper concepts, it can provide people with guidance and ideas regarding “conforming to the Image of G-d.”

This study assumes the reader has a basic knowledge of certain traditional Jewish kabbalistic concepts, specifically the ideas of the “Sefirot,” “Worlds of Existence,” levels of the soul,” etc. For those unfamiliar with these, we highly advise first reading the complete series on kabbalah on Aish haTorah, found at www.aish.com/sp/k or articles such as this one at http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/361902/jewish/The-Four-Worlds.htm or similar kosher sources. We also recommend taking a look at our own chart at http://www.yashanet.com/studies/judaism101/chart.htm.

As all our thoughts (“good” or “bad”) are patterned on this Image of G-d, we will examine several different examples of human creativity. The first attempt at this will include examples from; literature, film, music-video, art and children’s stories. Some of these will be short articles, other broken up into multiple segments.

We’re going to begin by taking a look at these subjects:

  • the book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey

  • “The Matrix” movie trilogy

  • a music video set to the classic Shabbat song, “Shalom Alecheim”

  • three examples of kabbalistic art

  • the mystical "Ana Bekoach" prayer

  • the characters of the Winnie the Pooh children’s stories

  • a specific text from the book of Romans in the New Testament

Each of these subjects will offer different ideas on the concept of the Image of G-d in some cases cross-referencing to the others. We may, G-d willing, add further examples as we move forward.

SUBJECTS
Seven Habits
Updated 2/2/11
The Matrix
Updated 7/22/11
Shalom Alecheim
Updated 2/1/11
Kabbalistic Art
Updated 2/7/11
Ana Bekoach
Updated 2/7/11
Winnie the Pooh
Updated 2/1/11
Romans 11:33-36
Updated 3/5/11