The Eternal Book

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe five books of the Torah correspond to the five attributes a person has to reveal inside himself and correct. In these properties, he will reveal the world he really exists in.

Instead of the fictitious corporeal world, he begins to see a different world and feel he actually lives in it, an eternal and whole world, while constantly expanding and attaining its internality. But all this happens according to a person’s development in the five spiritual senses.

Each of the worlds characterizes the development of a certain basic sense, like the sense of feeling, for example, but they include all the other senses inside. Then the sense of taste develops, which includes all the other senses in it.

Then come the senses of smell, hearing, and sight, which also include all the other senses. This means that every level, even the smallest one, is made of all five since there cannot be another feeling but the feeling that it is made of them.

Thus, every part of the Torah is designed for the development of one major sense, but it includes all the others. It may first seem like repetition, but it isn’t so.

For example, we can speak about the development of the sense of taste in the sense of sight and about the sight in the sense of taste, which complement one another. When a person feels an additional taste in a certain food, it becomes more attractive in its appearance. On the other hand, if he is given some porridge and he sees it in his uncorrected sight, he is disgusted with it, although it tastes fine.

Therefore, there are differences in the stories of the Torah. But if a person still doesn’t understand what it is about, he may think that they repeat themselves: A certain tribe is wandering in the desert, and each time they don’t listen to Moses with regard to certain things. Everything is the same, the same scenery, the same characters, and almost the same problems.

But because the main figure in the Torah is the Creator (that, in principle, is not present in any other book), it turns out that it attracts and captures all. It is an eternal book because there is force in it.

No one with a developed imagination can create such a book that will attract people throughout the ages no matter how hard he tries. There doesn’t seem to be anything special in it but for ages no man can leave it.

It may seem that the most powerful stories in the Torah are adventures full of action: The exodus from Egypt, the struggle of the people, the ten plagues, but suddenly the parts that are about ordinary actions, such as the giving of bread, incense smoke, etc., are not only filled with meaning, energy, feelings, but also begin to come alive in our senses. This is the paradox of the Torah.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/10/13

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