Here the G-dly Soul is challenged by the apparently conflicting needs and desires of the Animal Soul; here divine reality is obscured by the dense selfhood of the body and physical world. In this arena of hidden truth and perpetual challenge, the soul can fully express and actualize its divine power.

– The Physical World According to Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

Straining against the weight

of pressure-cooked temptations


and frustrations

Muscles rip and tear

forming tough tendons

and steely sinews

from this daily wear.

Like a soldier

decorated with medals

so the Divine Soul returns to its abode

from the front lines

Having won over

the might and heart

of its animal