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Dark Alleys Shine

Once we learn much hidden Torah, whatever we understand and learn from the revealed Torah shines with a precious light.

Then the hidden Torah, with its special quality, appears in all those topics that the revealed Torah discusses.

This is found in the Jerusalem Talmud: since its authors were pious, their Torah was “blessed.” In contrast, the words of the Babylonian Talmud are merely “kept.” It seems that the Jerusalem Talmud deals with more elevated, pious people. Because of them, the Torah grows and becomes glorious. This is due to the appearance of attainments of holiness, starting from a small beginning and developing into great and powerful rivers. These people attain the light of Torah by prayer and deep study, as well as before and after learning. Such people constitute the body of Torah and the soul of Torah.

In this regard, there is a difference between the air of the land of Israel (where the holy spirit can flow upon the content of Jewish law) and elsewhere (where the holy spirit can spread openly only in aggadah, whereas Jewish law is judged by human intellect).

“‘In the dark places, You have placed me’ (Eichah 3:6)—this is the Babylonian Talmud” (Sanhedrin 24a). But from the midst of darkness, great light will sprout: “The nation that walks in darkness has seen a great light, those who dwell in a land of the shadow of death—light has shone upon them” (Is. 9:1). [“These are masters of the Talmud, who have seen great light, for the Holy One, blessed be He, illumines their eyes with what is forbidden and allowed, what is ritually unclean and clean” (Midrash Tanchuma Noach).]

In this way, these people bring down to the lowly avenues of life the illumination of God’s supernal Presence. In this way, they cause multitudinous dark alleys to shine. This aids numbers of those who are distant come, approach and connect to the supernal light of the glow of Torah in its might, the Torah of the land of Israel: “‘The gold of that land is good’ (Bereishis 2:12)—there is no Torah like the Torah of the land of Israel, and no wisdom like the wisdom of the land of Israel” (Bereishis Rabbah 16).

Orot Hatorah 13:1

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Dark

Alleys

Shine



















Once

we

learn

much

hidden

Torah



whatever

we

understand

and

learn

from

the

revealed

Torah

shines

with

a

precious

light

























Then

the

hidden

Torah



with

its

special

quality



appears

in

all

those

topics

that

the

revealed

Torah

discusses





















This

is

found

in

the

Jerusalem

Talmud:

since

its

authors

were

pious



their

Torah

was

“blessed





In

contrast



the

words

of

the

Babylonian

Talmud

are

merely

“kept





It

seems

that

the

Jerusalem

Talmud

deals

with

more

elevated



pious

people





Because

of

them



the

Torah

grows

and

becomes

glorious





This

is

due

to

the

appearance

of

attainments

of

holiness



starting

from

a

small

beginning

and

developing

into

great

and

powerful

rivers





These

people

attain

the

light

of

Torah

by

prayer

and

deep

study



as

well

as

before

and

after

learning





Such

people

constitute

the

body

of

Torah

and

the

soul

of

Torah





















In

this

regard



there

is

a

difference

between

the

air

of

the

land

of

Israel

(where

the

holy

spirit

can

flow

upon

the

content

of

Jewish

law)

and

elsewhere

(where

the

holy

spirit

can

spread

openly

only

in

aggadah



whereas

Jewish

law

is

judged

by

human

intellect)





















“‘In

the

dark

places



You

have

placed

me’

(Eichah

3:6)—this

is

the

Babylonian

Talmud”

(Sanhedrin

24a)





But

from

the

midst

of

darkness



great

light

will

sprout:

“The

nation

that

walks

in

darkness

has

seen

a

great

light



those

who

dwell

in

a

land

of

the

shadow

of

death—light

has

shone

upon

them”

(Is



9:1)





“These

are

masters

of

the

Talmud



who

have

seen

great

light



for

the

Holy

One



blessed

be

He



illumines

their

eyes

with

what

is

forbidden

and

allowed



what

is

ritually

unclean

and

clean”

(Midrash

Tanchuma

Noach)























In

this

way



these

people

bring

down

to

the

lowly

avenues

of

life

the

illumination

of

God’s

supernal

Presence





In

this

way



they

cause

multitudinous

dark

alleys

to

shine





This

aids

numbers

of

those

who

are

distant

come



approach

and

connect

to

the

supernal

light

of

the

glow

of

Torah

in

its

might



the

Torah

of

the

land

of

Israel:

“‘The

gold

of

that

land

is

good’

(Bereishis

2:12)—there

is

no

Torah

like

the

Torah

of

the

land

of

Israel



and

no

wisdom

like

the

wisdom

of

the

land

of

Israel”

(Bereishis

Rabbah

16)





















Orot

Hatorah

13:1



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