New Life #778 – What Is Really Studying The Torah?
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
What does it mean to really study the Torah? How can we connect to the force concealed in this book, and what upper goal does it lead us to?
The Light created the desire and therefore it is stated that the world was created by the Torah and a person has to reach the ability to use the force of the Torah in order to attain the goal of creation. There is a Torah that operates the world and everything that happens in it, and there is a Torah that we have to operate, but if we don’t operate it correctly, there are forces that operate in order to correct our diversion.
As the nation of Israel, our role is to attribute the upper force to ourselves and to properly activate it unto us.
3,500 years ago, humanity reached a certain maturity and made the first contact with the Torah.
The people who tell us how to properly operate the Torah in their books are called Kabbalists. Kabbalists learn how to operate themselves in order to influence the upper force called the Torah.
Everyone interprets the Torah, which means Light, and teaching, as one wishes, but eventually we all have to reach the state in which the nation of Israel, the Torah, and the Creator become one.
The essence of the Torah is: “I have created the evil inclination; I have created the Torah as a spice for it, since the Light in it reforms.” The Torah can turn our egoistic nature into the nature of loving others, but if we study the Torah and don’t reach the love of others, it is a sign that we aren’t studying the Torah but that we study for wisdom.
Kabbalists wrote books of Torah suitable for each and every generation. In the days of ARI, for example, Kabbalists used a scientific style.
A person’s desire is divided into 613 egoistic parts and they all have to be corrected into love by the Torah. If a person studies the Torah only in order to fill his brain with information, just like you fill a computer, he doesn’t become holy.
During the Age of Enlightenment, some people began to leave the superficial study of the Torah. Today we have to leave the exile of the Torah and return to the Torah of truth by studying the wisdom of Kabbalah.
The Torah tells us about actions that are opposite from love in order to tell us what we shouldn’t do. When a person wants to develop the attitude of love of others, 613 egoistic desires are revealed in him, and then he needs the Torah, which turns every desire from hatred to love. Therefore, it says that the Torah is a spice.
From KabTV’s “New Life #778 – What Is Really Studying The Torah?” 10/18/16
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