Question: What happens to a person after he or she dies? What’s happens to their soul?
Answer: Those who are capable of perceiving their soul live within it because it is not connected with the death of the body.
And for those who have never attained their souls, there remains only a Reshimot (from Hebrew “roshem” – a record), which is a piece of information similar to DNA, a certain code that includes everything that a person had ever consisted of.
When the body dies, this informational part (Reshimot) must connect with a new body in this world and start all over. Every person has a Reshimot, which is the particle from which we eventually develop a soul.
Comment: You have said that people who have a soul are only those who build it.
Answer: Yes, it’s true. They build it out of their egoistic desires that are based on Reshimot, some particle of information that works inside the desire forcing people to build a soul.
Question: What do I have? What’s missing? What am I supposed to build?
Answer: Our egoistic will to receive is all we have. But it may be the case that suddenly a special desire sparks in us. This is a desire to perceive our soul and figure out why we live, what is the purpose of our existence and the source of life.
It means that a Reshimot, that tiny spark, the so-called point in the heart wakes up within us. At this point, we start contemplating what we should do next since this aspiration presses on us and doesn’t leave us alone.
Then, we address our egoistic desire and start searching for a place where we can realize this spark. Eventually, we come to a place where the authentic wisdom of Kabbalah is taught and where we receive an explanation of how to build a soul. Creating a soul means changing the will to receive for our own sake to being for the sake of others.
From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 5/10/15