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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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