On the topic of building bridges, I’d like to talk about a spiritual approach to Torah: the “living word” of G-d.
While Christianity has a different approach to this that flirts avodah zara, there is a unique relationship aspect that Christians present in their theology. Both Christianity and Judaism proffer more than a religion: a relationship with G-d.
For Christians, that’s J.C. For Jews, that’s Ein/Ayn Sof. I discuss this more in depth in my short essay regarding Christianity and its Noachide status, so check it out to get the full picture.
How does this relationship work? Kabbalah teaches us that, within a Jewish context, Torah lives through mankind. When Torah was formed by HaShem, Torah then formed the world in order for Torah to be followed and fulfilled. In fact, I discuss this in my podcast.
We can have more than simple avodah and empty tefillah – we can have inspired moments that spark the divine within us and meditation that transcends our limited existence. Torah, through Kabbalah, is the means by which we achieve this. Torah itself is not just a list of rules and regulations – it’s a marriage contract. It’s not just what and how (it definitely has that). Our Kabbalistic Mesora teaches us the why and inspires us to be more and connect more. Consider the Shema;
Shema Yisrael, HaShem Elokeinu, HaShem echad. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul and all your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:4-7
HaShem is Elokeinu and one our and only (alone). We say this several times every day. But do we find inspiration in it? We should. Instead of looking for motivational speakers and Instagram pics that inspire, we should be inspired by Torah and the living words it provides us. The Rishonim understood this:
The world stands on three things: on Torah, worship, and loving deeds of kindness. Pirkei Avos 1:2
And so did Shlomo HaMelech:
The Torah is a tree of life to those who cling to it. All who uphold it are happy. Mishlei (Proverbs) 3:18
Torah is Aitz Chaim. The Tree of Life. We can find life in the living words of Torah, regardless of what other religions proffer and online personalities profess. Torah is living in that it always has something new to teach for us to receive, as long as we give the proper kevanah to the Kabbalah.
Don’t turn to media personalities to give you an empty fix – it’s just a hit of dopamine and a form of addiction. Instead, find the real source: HaShem.
If you struggle with connecting with HaShem, let me know how I can help. Also, if you need a more hands-on approach, I’m available for life coaching and counseling on a case by case basis…