Torah as Life and Devotion

The Rabbis have taught the Torah study is equal to prayer.1 Devotional and application of Torah is different from the western way of reading and interacting with the Torah. Hakham Shaul described the Torah as a living book.2 Torah is not a book read from a Western perspective. The Torah is a book this learned for the sake of living what is recorded therein. The Rabbis further stated that study of the Torah without practice was absurd.3 While there were those, who were concerned with “faith vs works” the true talmid is concerned about “Learning and doing.” 4 When the Torah is studied and applied, it purifies the soul. Consequently, Jacob Neusner and Yeshua both derive the restoration to Eden and the androgynous man.

  1. Yitzhak Bauxbaum, Jewish Spiritual Practices, Jason Aronson Inc., 1994 p. 309 []
  2. Cf. Heb. 4:12 []
  3. Montefiore , C.G, Lowe, H. A., Rabbinic Anthology, Schocken Paperbacks on Judaica 1974, p.174 []
  4. Ya’akov (James) 1:22 []