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Torah for its Own Sake

What is the essence of learning Torah for its own sake?

In spiritual teachings, this is self-understood. Such teachings are openly concerned with coming close to God and elevation in sanctity. We are uplifted by these teachings.

But what about Torah texts on practical matters?

We must understand that these are all branches and garments of the light of divine honesty and justice. Within their details, we may find the divine soul of the perfection of the world: in life, in physicality and in spirit, in community and in the individual. Once we realize this, light gleams and descends into every detail. Once the feeling of our inner heart and mind is dedicated to the divine and inclusive illumination hidden in the multitude of these practical teachings, we come to an inner revelation within every detail, which shines in accordance with the capability of our individual spirit.

At times, our thought broadens and takes such clear form that we may even express and explicate the spark of divine light that we have understood in some of those details. And in this elevated state, we uplift all the details.

At other times, the matter is revealed only as a subtle glimmer in the chambers of our heart. Even then, however, this lifts our soul to an elevated state, through which all of life is rarified.

In regard to this latter manifestation, our sages stated: “Whoever learns Torah for its own sake merits many things.” And regarding the former inclusive illumination, they added: “And not only that, but the whole world is considered worthwhile for his sake.”

Orot Hatorah 2:2

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Torah

for

its

Own

Sake



















What

is

the

essence

of

learning

Torah

for

its

own

sake





















In

spiritual

teachings



this

is

self

understood





Such

teachings

are

openly

concerned

with

coming

close

to

God

and

elevation

in

sanctity





We

are

uplifted

by

these

teachings





















But

what

about

Torah

texts

on

practical

matters

























We

must

understand

that

these

are

all

branches

and

garments

of

the

light

of

divine

honesty

and

justice





Within

their

details



we

may

find

the

divine

soul

of

the

perfection

of

the

world:

in

life



in

physicality

and

in

spirit



in

community

and

in

the

individual





Once

we

realize

this



light

gleams

and

descends

into

every

detail





Once

the

feeling

of

our

inner

heart

and

mind

is

dedicated

to

the

divine

and

inclusive

illumination

hidden

in

the

multitude

of

these

practical

teachings



we

come

to

an

inner

revelation

within

every

detail



which

shines

in

accordance

with

the

capability

of

our

individual

spirit























At

times



our

thought

broadens

and

takes

such

clear

form

that

we

may

even

express

and

explicate

the

spark

of

divine

light

that

we

have

understood

in

some

of

those

details





And

in

this

elevated

state



we

uplift

all

the

details





















At

other

times



the

matter

is

revealed

only

as

a

subtle

glimmer

in

the

chambers

of

our

heart





Even

then



however



this

lifts

our

soul

to

an

elevated

state



through

which

all

of

life

is

rarified





















In

regard

to

this

latter

manifestation



our

sages

stated:

“Whoever

learns

Torah

for

its

own

sake

merits

many

things





And

regarding

the

former

inclusive

illumination



they

added:

“And

not

only

that



but

the

whole

world

is

considered

worthwhile

for

his

sake





















Orot

Hatorah

2:2



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