Rabbi Eli Munk, The Seven Days of the
Beginning, (Feldheim) note 6,
"The day that
five elders wrote the Torah in
Greek for King Ptolemy was as hard for Israel as the day when the
was made, because the Torah could not be translated as it should be."
following two quotations from the sages are taken
from The Light Beyond, Adventures in
©1981 by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (New York:
Publishing, ISBN 0-940118-33-5):
Yehoshua Avraham of Zitmar [said]:
teach us that the Torah was created two thousand years before the world.
difficult to understand, since the Torah contains accounts of many
happened after creation. How can the
Torah speak of creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, the holy Patriarchs, and
other happenings recorded in the Torah?
All these things had not yet happened (when the Torah was written).
...'Actually, when the Torah was first created, it was a mixture of
letters. The letters of the Torah were
not yet combined into words as they are now...
anything then happened in the world, these letters were combined, and
were recombined to form the account.
true of the account of creation, and the story of Adam and Eve. The
combined with each other, forming the words that told this story.
Similarly, when an individual died, a
combination of letters was formed, saying that he had died. The
same was true of the rest of the Torah.
'As soon as
an event (that was to be recorded in the Torah) took place, a
immediately formed, corresponding to that event. If a different
event had taken place, the
letters would have combined differently.
The Torah is God's wisdom, and it has no end.'
Rabbi Yehoshua Avraham of Zitmar,
Geulath Yisroel, Pithgamin Kadishin.
Quoted in "Sefer Baal Shem
HaBerachah 4. Cf. Machazeh Avraham,
Zoth HaBerachah 5.
Levi Yitzchok [said]:
sequence of descent to this lowly world, the Torah must become clothed
material garment, which often consists of stories. When God
grants a person knowledge, understanding
and intelligence, uncovering the mask that blinds his eyes, he can see
wonders of God's Torah. The people on
this level are few, however, and the majority only understand the Torah
according to its simple meaning.'......
Zohar 1:153a, 1:201a, 3:98b, 3:152a, Zohar
following excerpt from the Zohar is taken from Louis Ginsberg, On Jewish Law and Lore, ©1955
Jewish Publications Society of
America. New York: Athenum, 1970. LCC
#55-6707, pp. 144-145
these levels, the Zohar [Zohar, iii.
unto the man who asserts that this Torah intends to relate only
things and secular narratives; for if this were so, then in the present
likewise a Torah might be written with more attractive narratives...Now
narratives of the Torah are its garments.
He who thinks that these garments are the Torah itself deserves to
perish and have no share in the world to come.
Wo unto the fools who look no further when they see an elegant
robe! More valuable than the garment is
the body which carries it, and more valuable
even than that is the soul which animates the body. Fools see
only the garment of the Torah, the
more intelligent see the body, the wise
see the soul, its proper being, and in the Messianic time the 'upper
the Torah will stand revealed.'"