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~Black Fire on White Fire: Yayikra 25:1"27:34

alexvin 发表于:12-01-21 18:35
https://bethaverim.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/black-fire-on-white-fire.pdf
from: KINDLING THE MIDRASHIC IMAGINATION! MAY 16, 2009
Black Fire on White Fire: Yayikra 25:1"27:34
~Black Fire on White Fire: Yayikra 25:1"27:34
The ancient rabbis spoke of
Torah as “black fire on white fire.”
The black fire refers to the printed
letters, the white fire to the spaces
between and around them. Both fires
are to be read and interpreted. We
read the black fire by asking “What
does Torah say?” We read the white
fire by asking “What does Torah
mean?”
Like actual fire, the letters and
the spaces between them are alive,
dancing, active, and impossible to pin
down. There is no final reading of
Torah, only the next one.
Torah scrolls contain no vowels,
and the act of reading is a therefore
creative and even interpretive. For
example: Leviticus 19:18: Ve’ahavta e!
rayecha k’mocha/Love your neighbor as
yourself, can also be vocalized as
Ve’ahavta et rahecha k’mocha/Love your
evil as yourself. Both are legitimate
readings, giving rise to very di#erent
torahs $literally, instructions%.