The Soul - Its source is its essence
According to the Tanya, our neshama comes from a place that is even higher than angels. Unlike the angels who are described as coming form "the breath of His mouth", the neshama of a Jew comes from a deeper place.
The Body - Weaker than an animal
Our physical body is animated by the nefesh habehamis (animal soul). Rav Chaim Vital teaches (Shaare Kedushah 1:2) that our traits have both a positive and negative version and the Tanya teaches that by refining ourselves we can distill pure good.
Q: How do our physical capabilities compare to that of other animals? Are we stronger? Weaker? What about our emotional equilibrium? Do psychological imbalances affect us more? Does an animal's mood affect its productivity?
One of the many reason's human beings are unique are that they consist of the loftiest and most mundane elements of creation: a soul loftier than angels and a physical body weaker than an animal. Additionally, because of intellect we are capable of great accomplishments, yet also massive destruction at the same time.
Each of us are comprised of polar opposites: a lofty soul and an earthly body with the potential for extreme good and, G-d forbid, the opposite.
Q: Based on what we learned so far, do you think the body and soul would have a harmonious relationship? Why or why not?