I’m not big on the Zohar, but I was flipping through it today (yes, I have no life) and came across a passage on “How to Look at Torah” that I found to be interesting:
Come and see:
There is a garment visible to all.
When those fools see someone in a good-looking garment
they look no further.
But the essence of the garment is the body;
the essence of the body is the soul!
So it is with Torah.
She has a body:
the commandments of Torah,
called ‘the embodiment of Torah.’
This body is clothed in garments:
the stories of this world.
Fools of the world look only at the garment, the story of Torah;
they know nothing more.
They do not look at what is under the garment.
Those who know more do not look at the garment.
The wise ones, servants of the King on high,
those who stood at Sinai,
look only at the soul, root of all, real Torah!
In the time to come
they are destined to look at teh soul of the soul of Torah.
The soul o f the soul is the Holy Ancient One.
All is connected, this one to that one.
Woe to the wicked
who say that Torah is merely a story!
They look at this garment and no further.
Happy are the righteous
who look at Torah properly!
As wine must sit in a jar,
so Torah must sit in this garment.
So look only at what is under the garment!
So all those words and all those stories–
they are garments!