Lech Lecha 5761

Tora - Torah

Parshat Lech L’cha 2 13 Cheshvan, 5761 November 11, 2000

Something Old:
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Something New:

We know there was only one exit to the Garden of Eden since Hashem placed flaming swords there to block the first family from going back in. We also know there was only one way to get onto or out of the ark that Noah built.

But Abraham’s tent was open on all sides. You could receive guests from any side and go out from any side.

There is a simple lesson for Tora Dojo teachers here and one for students as well.

As teachers, we must receive and teach each student at whatever level of ability or awareness or worldview s/he is coming from. We, as teachers, must be flexible and fluid in how we frame our lessons and try to hear those lessons through the ear of the student. Teach the student where the student is “at”.

As Kahlil Gibran says to the inquiring student: The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple (dojo), among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind… For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man… And even as each of you stands alone in God’s knowledge, so must each of you be alone in his knowledge of God…

As students there is a lesson from Abraham’s tent as well. To paraphrase the Gemara, if they (the non-Jewish sources of wisdom) say they have wisdom, believe them. If they say they have Torah, do not.

Tora Dojo has drawn from the great wisdom of the Chinese Martial Arts. Its wisdom is real. Believe that! But, thanks to TaShih and his remarkable ability to synthesize, Tora Dojo has Torah as well.

Let us practice and persevere to use this dual Tora-Torah path to arrive at the threshold of our own soul and grow in our knowledge of Hashem.


"Tora-Torah" is a weekly column on Parshat Hashavua with insights into the inner aspects of the Jewish martial arts as founded and taught by Grand Master H. I. Sober in the International Tora Dojo Martial Arts Association. The copyrighted 'Tora tiger' logo is used with permission of Prof. H. I. Sober. "Tora-Torah" is written or edited by Michael Andron, PhD. Lao Shih, a Seventh Degree Black Belt in the Tora Dojo Association. He has been teaching Grand Master Sober's system for over 30 years. Note that the Tora Dojo comments are highlighted in a different color. This should help teachers in their sharing Tora-Torah with younger students at their level of comprehension. You can find all past issues of "Tora-Torah" at www.kodesh.org. Click "archives", "Tora-Torah" and then select the Parsha you’d like to review.
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