The foundation of upon which the Torah is built is middot tovot.[i] In other words, the Torah is built upon the person. The Written Torah is the outer structure of the building, while the rabbinic interpretations and injunctions provide for the functionality of building, the walls, ceiling and lighting, and the imperatives of “Kedoshim tiheyu” and “v'asita ha'yashar v'hatov b’eynei Hashem ” make for interior decorating, the Feng Shui.[ii]
As one learns and practices Torah the building grows. Indeed, we start with a soul but that is only the basement; through study and practice we can acquire higher souls,[i] build more rooms[ii].
The completion of the building is good but not enough according to some – we must build an elevator to bring us to the upper floors,[i] the infinite rooms and the marvelous view from above. This is called avodah – a spiritual toolset for self-observation and control.
And then we will have an infinite tower reaching to the Throne of Glory…
[i] R. Chaim Vital, Sha’arei Kedusha 1:2.
[ii] Ramban, Vayikra 19:2; Devarim 6:18
[iii] Arizal, Sha’ar ha’Gilgulim, hakdama 1, 18
[iv] Eliyahu Rabbah, Parsha 7
[v] Ramchal, Derech Hashem, 1:2:1
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