The Way of Torah is most sublime. It is
also most misunderstood, even by many who pledge to uphold it and teach
it. Our nation received the Torah centuries ago; as we know it came
from a place beyond this Earth. That place we now call Heaven, the
source of Torah we call L-rd.
The true nature of Heaven and the L-rd
are not essential for one to understand in order to embrace Torah and to
live by its directions. Torah is more about what we do than what we
believe. Torah deals with life and what is done with our hands, more so
than what is in our heads and what we think.
Therefore, in order for us to walk the
Torah Way, we must understand what Torah actually is and what it is
not. We must also then come to recognize the role of our holy Sages and
how they apply Torah and direct its expression and observance, fitting
it to the needs of the people and of the times.
This sacred role of the Sage is a
natural outgrowth of Torah and in full meaning and purpose with the
Torah Way. Nonetheless, our Sages are the first to distinguish between
the Torah itself and how they have embellished it. Without knowledge of
the differences between the Torah itself and the edicts of the Sages one
will never come to properly understand either one.
Torah revealed to us the Way of Heaven
for our nation to follow here on Earth. These ways were defined by many
different terms, some expressing righteous laws, others expression moral
directives, and still others without any apparent known reason or
logic. Of all the different ways we were told, regardless of what one
understands, knows or believes, these are things that must be done.
Torah is a law to us, even as are the
laws of nature. They define our being and mold our parameters; they
define for us the possible and impossible, and thus the permitted and
forbidden. Torah allows and Torah forbids, but not for haphazard or
even religious reasons.
Torah was given to us to show us the
natural way, how Heaven is to become manifest upon Earth. When we
follow Torah, we are thereby naturally led to Heaven. Torah brings
heaven down to Earth.
The Ways of Torah are alive. They are
fluid and ever moving, ever changing. As people change, as life
changes, so too does eternal Torah take on new garments to go with the
flow of life. As human consciousness changes so does Torah rise to the
occasion and transform its forms to met humanity in its present place.
This fluid nature reveals to us an aspect of Torah, known to the Sages
but unseen to others.
Upon reception, not all the Torah was
transcribed to text. Not all the Torah can ever be written in a book.
Words on a page become stagnant things. They represent life but are not
life themselves. The Torah is alive and lives not only within the Book,
but surrounding it as well.
The Living Torah that surrounds the
written text explains the text, outlining its principles and
fundamentals and reveals it inner, discrete and sometimes secret
nature. Only one who knows Living Torah will ever truly understand the
written Word. Without the Living Torah vibrating from the Voice Above,
the written word will always remain a closed text, whose words can be
read but never understood.
Torah is a living organism, intelligent,
sensitive, vibrant and extremely sensual. While the written Word can
enter into the mind, only the living Torah can enter the heart. It is
in the heart of the Sage where Torah’s life burns and radiates.
The true Sage merges with the Torah and
the Torah with him. This is a merger of passion, of male and female.
By this passion, the living Torah burns in the heart of the Sage and
radiates through his mind, his words and his deeds. The Sage becomes
the living Torah walking among us.