The neshama seeks a relationship with its Creator. The neshama is self-aware and desires spiritual nourishment like “the deer pants for living water” (Psalm 42:2). The neshama gains wisdom from listening to the Word of God. Adam and Havah sinned against Elohim by listening to their carnal desire and lost the ability to ‘hear’ His voice. Consequently, though we are all born with a ‘soul,’ it does not contain the ‘holy breath’ of God.
Pure Heart – Hebrew: Lev Tahor
Purity of heart is not something to be attained or acquired, it is the removal of all that is impure or tumah in the heart. In order to have pure gold, the gold must go through the smelting process of heat to remove the impurities. When it is pure, it becomes clear and malleable.