By Nathan Wolski
An creation to the Zohar, the crowning paintings of medieval Kabbalah. comprises unique translations and research.
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And these, when they see the joy of their Master in His people, immediately open and say, Who is like Your people Israel, a unique nation on earth! (2 Sam. 7:23). But when Israel desists from Torah, His strength, so to speak, is weakened, as it is written, You have weakened the rock that bore you (Deut. 32:18) . . and therefore, It is time to act for YHVH. The remaining righteous must gird their loins and perform good deeds so that the Blessed Holy One will be strengthened through them . . What is the reason?
The precepts of YHVH are just . . the instruction of YHVH is lucid . . the fear of YHVH is pure . . the judgments of YHVH are true (Ps. :11). These are the words of Torah. Certainly the Torah is holy, she is supernal, a Torah of truth. The Torah of YHVH is perfect—each and every word comes to present supernal matters, and that word of that story does not come to present itself alone, but rather comes to present the generality (kelal), as we have established. If the Torah is really from heaven, why then does it include such trivial matters?
Spiritual heights, however, especially when they border on the super-rational, must be mediated by responsible and critical scholarship. Religious life need not be naïve but can and ought to be informed by the best of scholarly research, just as the wonder of the cosmos is intensified by the dazzling discoveries of scientific research. Of course, scholarship can get in the way and religious insights—philosophical and mystical—are all too often hidden and buried in scholarly literature. Yet the attempt to produce readings informed by critical-historical scholarship, but which seek, nevertheless, to access the profound teachings found in religious texts strikes me as more important now than ever before.
A Journey into the Zohar: An Introduction to the Book of Radiance by Nathan Wolski