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

BACK · NEXT

Views: 73

Quotes Tags: 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 · ·

Bereshit · Shemot · Vayikra · Bamidbar · Devarim · Pirkei Avot · Mishlei · Kohelet · Song of Solomon · Adam · Noah · Moses · Yehoshua · Abraham · Isaac · Jacob · Rabbi · Sophocles · Seneca · Samuel · David · Solomon · Steve Jobs · Muhammad · Sergey Brin · Larry Page · William Shakespeare · Tim Berners-Lee · Linda Green · George R.R. Martin · Nikola Tesla · Paula Hawkins · Fearne Cotton · Oscar Wild · Agatha Christie · Barbara Cartland · Danielle Steel · Harold Robbins · Georges Simenon · Sidney Sheldon · Enid Blyton · Dr. Seuss · Gilbert Patten · J. K. Rowling · Jack London · Donald Trump · Melania Trump · Jared Kushner · Ivanka Trump · Woody Allen · Peta Murgatroyd · Kyrie Irving · Alicia Keys · Justin Timberlake · Rihanna · George Clooney · Jenny Slate · Roger Federer · Selena Gomez · Giancarlo Stanton · Lea Michele · Brad Pitt · Scarlett Johansson · Rael · Winston Churchill · Abraham Lincoln · Marilyn Monroe · Martin Luther King · Walt Disney · Ludwig Beethoven · Stephen King · Henry Ford · John Lennon · Ernest Hemingway · Bill Gates · Richard Branson · Jesus · Aristotle · Socrates · Plato · Mark Zuckerberg · Albert Einstein · Pele · Justin Bieber · Taylor Swift · Elohim · James Madison · Yeshua · Bill Clinton · Hillary Clinton · Eyal Ofer · Morris Kahn · Rudyard Kipling · Arnold Schwarzenegger · Freeman · Mark Twain · Robert Holden · Susan Wojcicki · Benjamin Franklin · Anthony Joshua · Marcus Lehmann · Charles Darwin · Elvis Presley · Christopher Columbus · Queen Victoria · Queen Elizabeth · Leonardo da Vinci · Pablo Picasso · Thomas Edison · Vincent Van Gogh · Michael Jordon · Sigmund Freud · David Beckham · Prince Charles · Billie Jean King · Anne Frank · Marie Antoinette · Cristiano Ronaldo · Lech Walesa · Shakira · Roman Abramovich · Tom Cruise · George Clooney · Paul Krugman · Kylie Minogue · Jimmy Wales · Brad Pitt · Confucius · Prince William · Kate Middleton · Michael Bloomberg · Vladimir Putin · Dmitry Medvedev · Lenin · Bashar Assad · Warren Buffett · Xi Jinping · Jojo Moyes · Bruce Lee · Honore de Balzac · Antoine de Saint-Exupery · Amy Grant · Elie Wiesel · Elana Yael Heideman · Li Ching Yuen · Sholom Aleichem · Yitzhak Yosef · London Grammar · Benjamin Netanyahu · Shimon Peres · Jeff Bezos ·