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What Is The Pentateuch?

What Is The Pentateuch

If you have ever wondered about the mystery of life, if you’ve contemplated the meaning of existence for even a moment, or dreamed of finding the “elixir of immortality,” hold tight the Pentateuch; it is for you.

The Pentateuch – Encrypted In Desire

When you pick up the Pentateuch and start to read, little do you know that its content is encrypted. You read and regard the information as a collection of stories, occasionally stopping to wonder what all the fuss is about. The Pentateuch is the foundation for all of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and cited continuously by sages, philosophers, writers, and… politicians. But what is so special about it? Allow me to reassure you that if you aren’t satisfied with the Pentateuch as a historical epic, there is nothing wrong with you. It is a sign that you’re searching for the hidden meaning; and if you’re really searching, you will invariably find it.

For millennia, scholars have been trying fruitlessly to solve the mystery of this code. Yet, they have been trying to solve it with reason, and this has been their downfall. You cannot crack this code with reason, so don’t even bother trying.

To reveal the secrets of the Pentateuch, you need only one “tool”—desire. It is a magical word, one that has great significance.

On The Road to Self-Discovery

So where do you begin if you’ve resolved to delve into the depths of life’s foremost question? You open up the book and say to yourself: “This is about me. Everything written here reveals my path into the innermost depths of my soul.”

True, the trails have become winding over time. For as long as you can remember, you have only concerned yourself with the outside world.

And then something happened… You found yourself increasingly beset with thoughts that all the pleasures of this world were transient and vain. You couldn’t resign yourself to the idea that the human being—this phenomenal fusion of intellect and heart—was born into this world only to gratify the body and disappear forever.

All of a sudden, thoughts that life could go on forever began to permeate your mind.

These thoughts come to you from your deepest point. There, hidden deep inside you, is a place where eternity resides. It calls to you endlessly, explaining that all the rest is but empty husks.

You didn’t hear its voice until you were ready. You were like a child who is given toy cars to play with, until time nurses it to maturity and seats the now grown person behind the wheel of a real car.

The same is true for you. You were a full-grown child. For many years, even millennia, you’ve “played with toy cars,” and then suddenly grew aware of the question inside of you: “Is this really what I’m living for?”

And that was it. The moment you acknowledged this question, you stopped being a child.

Changing Perception of Reality with the Light of the Torah

And now is when you truly need this book—the veritable roadmap for those who ask themselves the questions about the meaning of life. It’s a user’s manual to opening the door into the spiritual world that exists within you, a world that is eternal, full of serenity and joy.

As we’ve already mentioned, the first five books of the Bible are called The Torah, in Hebrew (from the word Horaa, which means “Instruction,” or from the word Ohr—“Light”).

When it comes to advancing upward along the ray that had been sent down into the darkness of our world, the Light is your manual. Your job is only to “grab it and hold tight.” As you set out to follow the instructions in this manual, the spiritual world begins to open up before you, revealing the answers to all your questions. As you cleanse of all things superficial, you begin to clearly see reality gradually changing around you. You realize that all your life you’ve been asleep, all the while thinking you were awake. You realize that all the things you used to deem valuable are, in fact, immaterial. All that you thought true is actually false, and all the earthly pleasures cannot compare to what awaits you.

If you haven’t yet come to this view, just hold on to that one thought: “This book is about me,” and you will. Be relentless as you search for it inside yourself, and behind the stories of the forefathers you will reveal the story of your self.

When the Light enters and begins to cleanse you, all the things that seemed too fantastic and unreal to you before will become clear, evident, and natural.

You will hardly recognize yourself and your inner world. Your world will become whole. You will begin to see and feel that the book is about your soul, which is called Noah when on one level, Abraham on another, Moses on another still, thus proceeding toward Eternity.

The Secrets of the Eternal Book“What Is The Pentateuch?” is based on the book, The Secrets of the Eternal Book: The Meaning of the Stories of the Pentateuch by Semion Vinokur.

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Image: Matias, J. Nathan. “Torah 1.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 02 Apr. 2007. Web. 28 July 2013.

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4 Comments »

  w.craig harvey wrote @ August 7th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

THANKS FOR THIS LESSON. YOU HAVE TO REMIND US THAT WE CAN READ THE TORAH LIKE ITS OUR ON PERSONAL STOREY. I HAVE NOT DONE THIS YET BECAUSE I FORGET TO AND BECAUSE,WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT,IT SEEMS DISRESPECTFUL OF THE TORAH. I WILL TRY OUT THIS METHOD ON A PASSAGE OR BOOK WHERE I FEEL THAT I WON’T GET INTO TOO MUCH TROUBLE. I HAVE FOUR TORAHS AND THE COMMENTATORS EACH PUT THEIR OWN SPIN ON TORAH. I’M A CHRISTIAN TOO AND WONDER IF YOU CAN READ THE NEW TESTAMENT THIS WAY? ANYWAY THANKYOU VERY MUCH FOR THE FREE PDF. THANKS FOR RAV LAITMAN AND ALL YOU OTHER GUYS AND GALS. I APPRECIATE THIS VERY MUCH. CRAIG

  Jose Palacio wrote @ August 10th, 2013 at 9:30 am

I find this reading extremely inspiring. Thanks for your care towards us.

  Patrick Griglio wrote @ August 11th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I have been waiting for a book like this for a very long time. Thank you and Bless you!!

  johannes bruwer wrote @ August 21st, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I downloaded and read Semion Vinokur’s book at once and it has helped me to read the first parts of the Pentateuch and understand them in a way I have not seen the texts before. Religion sure obscures a lot – and tends to paint the Creator in a very bad light! I will search for more materials that offer such unpretentious (loving) and simple keys to understand the rest of the Pentateuch, for there is a lot that puzzles me (for instance, all those sets of rules in Leviticus, though I suspect they are all pointers to love). At least I finally understand that these books are not about history but about me. Thank you for giving so much.

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