Rabbi Steinsaltz: “Only Judaism seems to be based on the idea that…”

 

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz writes:

The Scriptures, beginning with the Bible and including the many works of exegesis and commentary–such as the Talmud, the Kabbalah, and other writings–occupy such a central and special place in Judaism that the Hebrew name for this sacred literature, Torah, cannot be adequately translated into any other language.

As someone once aptly summed it up: other religions have a concept of scripture as deriving from Heaven, but only Judaism seems to be based on the idea that the Torah Scripture is itself Heaven. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

 

From The Thirteen Petalled Rose, “Torah”

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