Tradition Today: Is the Torah true?

12.01.2013                      01.Schwat. 5773                      Waera; Rosch Chodesch

Judentum:

Tradition Today: Is the Torah true?

I am seeking ethical truths and values by which to live, then I turn to the Torah – the teaching of Moses.

Of course the Torah is true – but not in the sense of providing us with provable scientific facts concerning the origins of the world and humankind. For that I turn to scientists.
If, however, I am seeking ethical truths and values by which to live and worthy beliefs concerning God and the way to relate to God and to my fellow human beings, then I turn to the Torah – the teaching of Moses. In this belief I follow the path of my teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and my teacher and colleague, Louis Jacobs, both of whom pursued truth fearlessly and did not hesitate to teach the Torah as the Divine book of eternal truths while simultaneously seeking scientific and historical truth elsewhere….