Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Longer than the earth, deeper than the sea


A statement and analogy to contemplate:
"The Torah's wisdom is longer than the earth, and deeper than the sea."

(Job 11:9)

Have a great day,


  1. Good morning. When I looked at the pasuk in Iyov, the first word is not "The Torah's wisdom" - but something more nebulous like "it" is longer than the earth...." I wondered how one is able to extract "The Torah" from the words themselves?-- Michael

  2. Michael -
    See the preceding verses, Iyov 11:5-8; does that clarify?

  3. Good morning,
    It's not so clear to me. When the question is whether one can understand Gd, or-- fathom the extent of Hashem -- and the answer is "its measure" -- it sounds like the "measure" is the "extent of Hashem". Somehow, it's an understanding of Hashem "himself", as it were. Is it so clear that an understanding of Hashem's extent and the "Torah" are one and the same? Could it be that the Torah is a manifestation of-- but not the same thing? I don't disagree that the Torah has the immeasurable depth and breadth. But, it just wasn't so clear to me that the "it" referred to the Torah instead of Hashem Himself.

  4. Hi Michael,
    That's exactly it - the gemara is explaining the wisdom of HaShem, referred to in the preceding verses, to mean Torah.

  5. Got it-- so now my final question; since the initial reference was straight to the pasuk in Iyov, where is the source of the Gemara that addresses this. As always, thanks for taking the time to respond and educate. Michael