"The Way of G-d"
Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 2: "Torah Study"
As we'd already pointed out, dynamic transcendent forces lie behind each
every entity and phenomenon in the world, which is its sublime and
counterpart (see 1:5:2). Some transcendent forces are more sublime than
of course, as one would imagine; and one is the most sublime of all. The
is the transcendent force that lies behind the Torah.
In fact we'd expect so singular a transcendent force to be behind the
specifically. After all, it's more perfect and consequential than any
force, it's termed G-d's counterpart here on earth because it corresponds
very will and to His intentions for the universe, and it serves as the
through which G-d's Glory can be revealed to mankind.
We can draw upon this preeminent force and thus fulfill our relationship
the Torah by either reciting the words of the Torah or by comprehending
as we'd pointed out (see 1:4:9). When we recite the words alone we're
on a more surface level, though (which is still-in-all healthful, and
especially so when done in the spirit to be discussed later); whereas when
comprehend them, our *inner* being is nurtured and enveloped.
Now as is well known, the Torah is divided into words and phrases,
whole books, and into subdivisions (The Five Books of Moses, The Books of
Prophets, and The Writings). Each of these units has its own promise and
function; and the aspect of the lofty transcendent force associated with
nourishes its reader its own way.
But there are various levels of nourishment one can derive from his
recitations or reflections, as we'd expect. Still-in-all though, not a
and well-intentioned effort goes unrewarded.
Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.