Shmini: Chapter 1

Man was created by the Torah


Rabbi Yitzchak says that the children of Yisrael are blessed because God gave them the Torah, and that man was created by the Torah. Rabbi Chiya says that the Written Torah and the Oral Torah preserve man in the world. Rabbi Shimon tells how the Bet (the initial letter of the Torah) shows how the Torah is open to receive a person and join with him on one side, but if he walks the other way it has a closed side. There is more discussion of the inner meaning of the Bet. We learn that everyone who studies the Torah is beloved above and below, but even more so are those who study the Torah at night. Later, in the morning, all the judgments are broken.