reply to post by VeritasAequitas
I prefer the Talmud.
Can't tell if you're being caustic. But if sincere, I agree, the Talmud is a very interesting set of writings. It's logic is as rigorous as Plato
or Aristotle and great for developing the logical mind. But Talmud is also aggada - homiletic writings, which appeals to the intuitional and
nondescript aspect of our minds.
That's what I like about Judaism. It's 'two-fold' approach: halacha, law, or moral fixity, contrasted by the purely symbolic, esoteric and
intuitive, honing and emphasizing the relationship between these two poles of reality, the objective and the subjective, the practical and the
mystical. Establishing peace inwardly and outwardly.
Besides, if there is any accuracy to this post, anybody can easily learn Hebrew. After all, you already know it subconsciously.
I'm leery of assuming too much significance to Hebrew, although I would be lying if I didn't suspect at a very rudimentary and instinctual level
that there is something extraordinary about the Hebrew language. It's numerological correspondences forces you to wonder how any mind could have
designed this; It's one thing to have a definite set of grammatical rules, but quite another to see that despite cohering to those rules, Hebrew
words correspond to one another through numerical formulas.
I'm sure you know about this, but I'll give an example. Echad - meaning one, has the same numerical value as Ahavah - love, 13. Which is to mean
that Love is a manifestation of the concept of One, that they are both expressions of the same archetypal reality. Further, the number 13 could be
seen geometrically as the unification of the 12 lines of a cube, with an imaginary point in the center uniting the 12 lines.
This is an obvious example hard to ignore. But, the deeper you probe the more amazing the correspondences seem. So much so that you begin to believe
that every word with any numerical value expresses the particular quality of that value, and is fundamentally connected to every word with that value.
And of course, there's the sepher yeztirah which posits the Hebrew language as being the 'language of creation' - a medium by which the world was
created, condensed and abbreviated into finite form as a language - and a script - spoken by human beings, creatures made in the image of it's
Creator. The 3 different aspects to the Hebrew letter, it's shape, it's numerical value, and it's pronunciation, are correlated with the
metaphysical categories of Time, Space and Soul (or consciousness), which are the 3 definite aspects of our experience of the world.
So, it's a very fascinating subject. It deserves more respect and investigation.