Wise Fridays: How to Read the Torah

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It is not my place to teach people how to read a chapter of Tanakh because the keys to this book [the Tanakh] have not been given to me. And more importantly, it is questionable whether any individual can establish for others one way to read Tanakh. Every person must strive for his own reading, for the reading that is appropriate for his spirit and soul such as they are. Each person’s reading, then, is unique in time; it never existed before, and will never exist again. So the way a person reads Tanakh, and hears what is said in it, must be unique in time, entirely his, never imitating anything that already was.

Nehama Leibowitz, “How to Read a Chapter of Tanakh”
(translated by Shoshanna Lockshin)
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Posted on March 20, 2009

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