Rabbi Yitzchak and Rabbi Yehuda were walking on the way and they saw Rabbi Elazar. They ran after him saying to each other, let us run after the Shechina. They reached him and asked to participate in his study and learn something new.
Rabbi Elazar opened with a verse from Isaiah 51:1
“שִׁמְעוּ אֵלַי רֹדְפֵי צֶדֶק, מְבַקְשֵׁי יְהוָה; הַבִּיטוּ אֶל-צוּר חֻצַּבְתֶּם, וְאֶל-מַקֶּבֶת בּוֹר נֻקַּרְתֶּם”
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek YHVH: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.”
He explained the verse saying that those who seek closeness to YHVH should not cling only to the level of Malchut but look up to Zeir Anpin.
Malchut is the aspect of death but when we connect to the source of the light with Malchut, then the Life force is revealed.
The soul comes from higher levels and the body from the material level, which is Malchut.
The consciousness of the Father produces a substance, which is the sperm that makes connection with the vessel inside the mother. All the ‘extra’ sperms lose their life when one sperm is chosen to bring Life into the vessel. The body begins to grow inside the woman’s womb by ‘collecting’ materials from the environment. It builds itself through the consumption of food that comes from the level of Malchut. The final outcome is shaped according to the consciousness passed through the sperm and the vessel.
After 41 days, the soul from the spiritual level, makes connection to the body. At that time the baby’s brain begins to produce electrical pulses. The woman that was growing flesh in her body is now carrying a new soul and a living child. The numerical value of a Mother, אם is 41. and Mother אמא is 42 to represent the source and beginning of creation.
Separating the life from the body is the aspect of separating Zeir Anpin and Malchut. It will disconnect the Life force from the body and let the process of death begin. The body will break down to its natural elements as it was before it became food that was consumed by the mother to grow the baby.
We should always connect to the spiritual source of our souls because it is the only way to feed it with life energy. Depending only on physicality to sustain our life will only lead to complete death of body and soul.