Torah Recovery and Redevelopment
Reuniting Eretz Yisrael, Am Israel, and Torah–which Are One.
We have lost Torah components—as well as some ability to develop new chidushim–over the years, decades, and millennia of exile from the first item, Eretz Yisrael. Some of this lost Torah is being recovered through Torah greats such as the Rav Kooks as well as returned exiles (many of them influenced by the Rav Kooks—the first of whom was a returned exile himself) in various parts of Israel such as Bat Ayin, where I live.
Interestingly enough, lost and/or undeveloped aspects of Torah can only become reclaimed with the help of the many exiles who bring their thinking back to Eretz Yisrael–a creative melting pot of Israeli-born and returned exile. There is even a Chazal that at the End of Days, Torah development will require the input of our exiles!
You see, Chazal tell us that the air of Eretz Yisrael makes one wise. Wisdom is the purview of chochma—What Is. This realm can only be discovered in Israel, where archeological finds explain various kashias in mishna and gemarra. (You can learn more in a 3-year course of Torah-archeologists’ lectures and on-site visits offered at the Kfar Etzion Bet Sefer Sadeh). These kashias spawned discussions in the gemarra as our wise sages in Bavel attempted to explain what they could not see. And so the greater of the two Talmuds—the Bavli—was written outside of Israel, in the realm of bina (expounding). Even the map reflects what we know from the sefirot: that Israel (chochma) is on the left and Bavel (bina) is parallel to her on the right.
Speaking of the sefirot, let’s see how our group of three, which is one—Eretz Yisrael, Am Yisrael, and Torah—show up on a sefirot map:
Torah—the intellectual part—will be at the top, of course: the head, showing us its components of chochma, bina, and the resulting da’at.
Am Yisrael—the will—the naaseh v’nishma—will of course be the chest and heart. Here we will find our Avot: the expansive chesed of Avraham and the restrictive delineations of Yitzchak’s gevura—as well as the tiferet of Yaakov’s timimut and love.
Eretz Yisrael—place—will of course be the legs, the groundedness, the moving forward on earth. The left leg is our teacher Moshe Rabbeinu–the success of netzach in war as well as in establishing the eternity of the Torah and the Jewish people. The right leg is Aharon the High Priest—the hod or glory of serving G-d faithfully, which includes the intense love of our fellow Jew. From here—from Torah’s right thinking and knowledge, from establishment of Torah and love of our fellow Jew–emanates the purity of our intimate family life—the yesod of Yosef.
And to make it all happen in G-d’s glory, here comes the final malchut—our King David and his descendent, the Mashiach! And of course the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash, where we will all feel G-d’s strong presence with no doubt (Amalek, representing destructive doubt, having been eliminated once and for all by Mashiach).
And so you will find these components in our website: the lower part is JLF programs, which point to the archetypal creative models as well as the practical side of building the model for the Beit HaMikdash—the mishkan; the will—energy healing; and Torah, which we are still developing today.