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Rabbi El’azar opened, saying: In the seventh month on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat (Gen. 8:4). How beloved are the words of Torah?! For in each and every word there are supernal mysteries, and the Torah is called the supernal principle (kelala ila’a). And we have learned in the thirteen attributes of Torah—anything that was included in a general statement (kelal) but was then singled out from the general statement in order to teach something, was not singled out to teach only about itself, but to apply its teaching to the entire generality.
What does it matter to us if it rests here or there?! It must have rested somewhere! But to apply its teaching to the entire generality. Happy are Israel for they have been given a supernal Torah, a Torah of truth! As for the one who says that the story of Torah comes only to present that story alone—may his spirit deflate! For if it were so she would not be a supernal Torah, a Torah of truth. Ah, but certainly the Torah is holy, supernal; she is a Torah of truth. Before beginning to expound his verse that relates the date and location of the resting of the ark, Rabbi El’azar begins with an extended celebration of the Torah and its wondrous properties.
For if it were so she would not be a supernal Torah, a Torah of truth. Ah, but certainly the Torah is holy, supernal; she is a Torah of truth. Before beginning to expound his verse that relates the date and location of the resting of the ark, Rabbi El’azar begins with an extended celebration of the Torah and its wondrous properties. His comments remind the reader that the Torah is no ordinary book; all her words contain mysteries, and while it might appear that she is merely relating a seemingly irrelevant piece of historical or narrative information, when coming to expound her verses, one must remember what she is—a Torah of truth, the supernal principle, the name of God.