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2. In otherwords,the Torahscholar's properslaughterandeatingtransformsthe animalsoul of the meatinto a higher,rationalsoul. As Hecker(EachManAtean Angel'sMeal,p. 123,n. See also Daniel Matt, "TheMysticandthe Mitzwot,"in JewishSpirituality from theBible ThroughtheMiddleAges, ed. ArthurGreen(New York:Crossroad,1988),p. On the otherhand,Bahyaseems to representa distinctivestreamwithinthis circlefromthirteenth-century ProvenceandSpain, beginningwith Azriel of Gerona,who authoredthe text Sod Ha-Korban,or even his teacher Isaac the Blind (fromwhom Bahyagot the traditionabout"my korban,my bread,my fire," accordingto E.

Maimonides,MorehNebukhim(Guideto the Perplexed)3:32; Matt,"TheMysticand the Mitzwot,"p. 372. 83. Scholem,Originsof theKabbalah,pp. 404 ff. 84. Jay,ThroughoutYourGenerationsForever,p. xxvii. 85. Bahya,Shulhanshel Arba,p. 459. 86. Jay,ThroughoutYourGenerationsForever,p. xxiii. 260 JONATHAN BRUMBERG-KRAUS of male Torahscholars,not born of women. For even if this text (a soul bornas a puts most of the responsibilityfor a "good"reincarnation withhiswife,87it malechild)in the intentionof thehusbandduringintercourse does not completelyeliminateherrole in the process,as Bahya'sgastronomic metempsychosisin effect does.

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