Imagine that you are chosen for a role in a brand-new movie that you are very excited to play. You’ll be required to show great motion and involvement personifying that role as perfectly as you can.
But then when you read the script you find out that later on in the movie the character is going to die! You protest. “I can’t play that role, I don’t want to die!” The producer laughs, “You won’t die. The character will and you will go on to win an Oscar!”
In life we are assigned roles that we play really well. We cry with the sadness that our bodies experience and we rejoice in its successes but we don’t die with it because we are only acting that role, our true self remains independent.
It is not that you have a soul, it is that you ARE a soul and you have a body. Your body is your role in life and you must act it really well just don’t get too caught up in the character you play…
Mendel (Menachem) Bluming and Rabbi Aaron