Monday, March 23, 2009

"The Torah is beyond all wisdom"

“The Torah is not merely words of wisdom.

It is beyond all wisdom.

It is God’s wisdom, and the mitzvot are God’s commandments.

The essence of the Torah is that the Creator of the world communicates to man something that man can hear, comprehend, and do and thereby connect with Him.

The essence of the connection is created not by the fact that a certain person studies a lot, prays excessively, or observes the mitzvot with great zeal but by the very fact that one is doing what God wants one to do”

--Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From Opening the Tanya, p. 123, by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz