"The Way of G-d"
Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 2: "Torah Study"
Now, there's the degree of understanding of the Torah that most of us
and then there's the sort of true and thoroughgoing *grasping* of it that
After all, while I might fully understand each and every word I read and
its general import, I might still-and-all not understand some of the
implications of what's being said the way they do; I might not be aware of
perspectives a reader would be expected to have; I might not catch many of
the plays-on-words that would so color and affect the meaning; I could
easily not recognize the mystical import of what I'm reading, etc.
So while I would still be credited with having studied the text, to be
and I would likewise have benefited from and been nourished by its inner
incandescence -- even if I only *recited* the words -- nonetheless, I
have benefited by the transcendent force lying behind it to a relatively
But the fact remains that each one of us can in fact draw upon the Divine
love and revelation that emanates from that most eminent transcendent
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