We said before that Torah is the fabric of creation.  It is the structure of both the physical and spiritual worlds.  Now let’s go deeper –

When we talk about the spiritual, we are talking about that higher realm of existence from which physical reality emanates.  In Kaballah, the spiritual realm is itself subdivided into multiple layers, known as Sephirot, each higher level being closer, so-to-speak, to G-d.  Through this structure, everything ultimately connects together in a real and intrinsic way – one object with another, one point in time to another.  Through the spiritual, one also transcends the physical and the momentary and connects to the Infinite.  Ultimately, that is the goal of existence – to connect the Source of everything, to connect to G-d.

Spirituality is that state of being in which a person senses a connection to G-d through the structure of existence.  We may sense this connectedness when we are in touch with our deeper selves, when we are in relationship with others, or through interactions with anything in the external world.  All such experiences have the capacity to lead us to spirituality, because everything emanates from and is a part of this same structure. 

Not surprisingly, when people who have had spiritual experiences are asked to describe how they felt in those moments, they universally use the same expressions.  They express having felt “at peace,”  “at one with the universe,” or “connected.”   Whether at a sunset, a mountaintop, the birth of a child, a moving religious service, or any other circumstance inducing such a state, people, who describe these events as spiritual, describe becoming aware – if only for a moment – of some deep connection to something greater or some insights into how “it” all fits together.  In Judaism, we say these experiences are real, because through them people tune into G-d.

Profoundly, G-d’s unified structure of creation is what enables life to have meaning.  When people say that something is meaningful, they are expressing that one thing deeply connects to something else.  If a mathematical equation, such as E = MC2, is said to be meaningful, it is because the letters/symbols in the equation connect to greater concepts and in the combination represented reflect an idea with implications far beyond what appears on the page.  If I say that I have a meaningful relationship with someone, I am expressing that I feel a deep connection to that person.  If I say that I want to have a meaningful occupation, I am saying that I want a job that allows me to connect in a profound way to something deeper inside myself or that I want a job that allows me to impact the world outside me in an important way.  And the more meaningful something is – the more meaningful the equation, relationship, occupation… – the greater the connection that is felt.  Conversely, when I feel a relationship is not meaningful, I feel little or no connection to the other person involved.

Thus, without Torah, life could have no meaning.  Without Torah, nothing in existence would share any deep, intrinsic, connection to anything else.  People and things would be wholly independent of one another, sharing only opportunistic and transitory relationships with each other. 

However, with Torah, everything is understood to deeply relate and connect to everything else.  Everything has the potential for meaning, because ultimately, all emanates from G-d.  Therefore, through Torah, we can each individually achieve our own truest meaning.

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