Torah Study includes self-introspection

In Jewish Theology in Our Time, one of the authors, Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, talks about the idea of a non-dual Judaism, in which we recognize that all is divine.  In his essay, he touches upon the concept of Torah, and develops a meaning of Torah based on the approach of a non-dual Judaism.  He states:

How then do we understand Torah and revelation on such an approach?  On one level, all reality including ourselves becomes Torah, for everything is a revelation of divinity.  As Torah ourselves, we must recognize how our own person reveals the divine presence, and we must study ourselves intensively, going deeper and deeper, from the surface concerns of our p’shat (the literal meaning) to the fathomless nature of our sod (mystical meaning).  Introspection, mindful self-awareness, then becomes talmud torah (study of Torah).  – p. 37

I was highly struck by these words.  It reminded me of conversation I have had with people referring to the human being as a “book.”  We each write our own Torah, in the sense of how our lives are a narrative.  In spending time soul-searching, being mindful of what we have done, we are in a sense fulfilling the idea of studying Torah, as studying is not just about the physical books we can read but it is also about the book we create of our lives.

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