Being United with Torah

When I write down G-d’s word it becomes implanted in my heart. It is amazing how the act of writing down what is right about me and wrong about has such power to start the transformation of my life. The powerful act of writing down the word of G-d and then take stock of my life changes my entire outlook on how I see myself and then the world.

Moses then instructed the Levites to place the Torah scroll that he would soon write in the Ark of the Covenant, together with the Tablets of the Covenant that he received at Mount Sinai.

[Moses told the Levites,] “Take this Torah scroll and place it alongside [the Tablets of Testimony].” Deuteronomy 31:26

Thus, the Ark in the Tabernacle contained the Torah both engraved in stone and written on parchment. The difference between engraved and written letters is that the engraved letters are part and parcel of the stone, whereas written letters are not part of the parchment but added to it. Thus, engraved letters express our intrinsic connection to the Torah, whereas written letters allude to how we preserve our connection to the Torah even during our mundane lives, when we think of ourselves as being separate from the Torah.

The presence of both the engraved Torah and the inscribed Torah within the Ark indicates that we must first experience our intrinsic connection with the Torah and then carry that experience with us into our mundane lives.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 2, pp. 407–408.

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