Reading Is Revelation

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Zohar, Chapter “VaYakhel (And Moses Assembled),” Item 226: It is forbidden to read in the book of Torah, but only one alone, and everyone listens and keeps silent so that they hear his words as though they had just received it from Mount Sinai. And above the one who is reading the Torah there should be one standing above him, ascending to the Torah, and keeping silent so that only one speaking will be heard and not two.

One should not forget that we are talking about one person. The one who reads the Torah and the one who listens to it, the nation, the Creator and the creature, the mountain and the pillar by which people are praying, all these properties exist in one person. All of them are his inner states. We have to recognize them within ourselves and find out what exactly every word or property relates to.

We are dealing with the revelation of the upper nature to the creature according to the similarity of properties in the degree of the corrections it undergoes. Reading means revelation.

If a person is unable to imagine the true state, it is better to not imagine anything. Otherwise he will begin to imagine a corporeal picture: How they take the book of Torah from a cabinet, bring it to the raised platform from where the Torah is read, and start reading it. That’s all. However, this is not what The Zohar is talking about.

True, these are all symbols reflected in corporeality. However, from them a person has to rise to the original form. Instead of the imaginary world that is being revealed to us now, he needs to reveal the true world: the desire to receive pleasure corrected in all of its parts that manifest in some form, as well as the book of Torah, the revelation of the Light within the desire.

Our desire is constantly changing. It is similar to the letters constantly flying out and becoming revealed, while the vowel marks (Taamim, Nekudot, and Tagin) fill the letters. This way a person reveals the Light within the vessel or desire. This is called the reading the book of Torah, about which it is said that a person has to write the book of Torah on his heart. The heart is all his desires.

Then all my desires, all my properties, and everything existing within me will turn into the letters of Torah. When I want to organize them correctly, I fill these letters with “tastes (Taamim),” “dots (Nekudot),” and “crowns (Tagin).” Then I have the text of the book of the Torah, which I live and sense on myself. This is my spiritual life. The person himself becomes the flow of the text of the Torah. No person is separate from the Torah or separate from the letters of the Torah. All of it is the person himself.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/31/2011, The Zohar

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  1. I love The Torah. I don’t mean I love an object or book, but I love what it says in it and the meanings. I bought a small copy a number of years ago and sometimes carry it around with me when I want to open it up and study a line and try to figure out what the true message/meaning is. It seems to me that when I look at every single line it is either telling me to NOT do something to harm another person or to DO something to love another person. Either way, it seems to me it’s talking about how to love others. And what I have in common with people around the time of The Torah being created is my human nature. And to me, it looks like that is all they talk about really under all the stories is how to treat one another and authentically love one another. I don’t really see anything else. Just interactions and what to do to make them loving and kind. Even if they are talking about laws or business in The Torah, it all seems to me to boil down to how to act fairly with one another or correct things or keep things loving towards one another. Just my opinion though.

  2. I need to go to the “Reading” of the ZOHAR that all the “letters” be within me.
    “If today you hear His voice do not harden your heart as at Meribah” Psalm?

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