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Torah Allegory

The place where you have the opportunity to Find Yourself Through Torah.

In Hebrew, the word Torah means “teaching” or “instruction.” In Judaism, the word Torah is used to refer to the first five books of Moses, the entire Jewish Bible or Tanakh, and even, the totality of Jewish religious writings throughout the millennia. Whether you believe that God wrote the Torah or the Torah was written by men, it has uniquely shaped the lives of people throughout the world for thousands of years.  According to tradition, the Hebrew Bible can be understood on multiple levels of interpretation. For the most part, the commentaries found here include the usual translation of the text (p’shat! פשט) and its allegorical translation and interpretation. The word allegory is composed of two Greek words meaning “other” and “speaking.” An allegory uses an easily read and understood narrative to figuratively present a deeper, hidden subject which may be political, mystical, spiritual, or moral. The allegory presented here uses a unique understanding of Hebrew and Semitic etymology – available here for your review – to translate the Torah text into an alternative, allegorical message. The teaching (Torah) revealed by this process speaks not of moral lessons, but rather about the function and dysfunction of the human mindset and its disposition toward living and engaging life. The conscious awareness revealed by this process will empower anyone who makes an honest and sincere, spiritual and intellectual effort toward greater personal growth and fulfillment. This will be a conscious awareness of what personal traits and behaviors both limit you and motivate you.

 

The Torah narrative is about God and the Jewish people’s relationship with God. However, it is not necessary to believe in God or in the truth of the Torah narrative to glean the benefits of Torah allegory. In fact, when I began doing the research for this book more than two decades ago, I was a devoutly spiritual atheist. Furthermore, neither I, nor Judaism, have the goal of converting anyone away from their current religious affiliation or non-affiliation. Because the Hebrew names for God essentially represent the process of continuous and persistent creation and the intrinsic guidance to be found within that creation, one need not even believe in God to benefit from the lessons to be found in Torah allegory. The main goal is to attain a mindful understanding of yourself, of others, of the world around you, and to incorporate into your lifestyle the means of living life with intention.

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