The False Treasure.

Imagine you find an old map showing how to get to some huge treasure buried on an island by pirates many years ago.
Now you assemble a team of experts, get all the necessary equipment and begin to search for it.
After a few months, a metal box containing over a million dollars worth of gold and precious stones is unearthed.
Everybody goes home happy and satisfied. Mission accomplished.
But what you don’t know is that this was not the bulk of the treasure… It was just a little something hidden by a pirate to retrieve in his old age. The main treasure, which was on the same island, was valued at around a billion dollars. You never looked for it because the “lesser” treasure you found fulfilled all of your desires.
The real treasure I want to talk about is the Torah, or the five books of Moses.
Over the centuries, many “false” treasures have been “buried” on a path to the real treasure. Among these are: the Kabbalah, the interpretations of the Rabbis, like the Maimonides, Nahmanides, Rashi, and many more.
In fact, there have been more than 40,000 books written about the Torah. They are all, in my opinion false treasures.
The Torah has within it ALL the answers we are seeking to questions like:
  • What is the purpose of our existence?
  • Where did we come from?
  • What is humanity’s future?
  • How and by whom was everything created?
  • What exactly is reality?

False treasures do not provide clear answers to questions like these; they only complicate the text.
Have you ever seen a computer generated 3D puzzle?  (aka a stereograms – click here and here)
The only way to see the 3D depth of such a puzzle is to stare at THE WHOLE picture from a particular distance so that the hidden details appear all at once. One cannot see the depth by analyzing sections of the picture; you either see the whole thing or you don’t. The Torah is similar. All the interpretations proposed so far deal with sections and passages, and studying Torah using current commentary only pushes the real treasure away.
In order to get to it, one must look at things from a totally different perspective (the goal being to understand and adopt the author’s intentions). The beauty of the Torah is that the “trigger” for the next stage in human evolution  (what I call the transition from Slavery to Partnership; many others call it the Messiah) is built-in. The day humans are able to see the “puzzle” in 3D is the day they will be ready for this transition.