Fools See Someone in a Good-Looking Garment and They Look No Further
“Rabbi Shim’on said, ‘Woe to the human being who says that Torah presents mere stories and ordinary words! If so, we could compose a Torah right now with ordinary words, and better than all of them. To present matters of the world? Even rulers of the world possess words more sublime. If so, let us follow them and make a Torah out of them. Ah, but all the words of Torah are sublime words, sublime secrets!
Come and see: The world above and the world below are perfectly balanced: Israel below, the angels above. Of the angels is written: He makes His angels spirits [Psalms 104:4]. But when they descend they put on the garment of this world. If they did not put on a garment befitting this world, they could not endure in this world and the world could not endure them. If this is so with angels, how much more so with Torah, who created them and all the worlds, and for whose sake they all exist. In descending to this world, if she [Torah] did not put on garments of this world, the world could not endure.
So this story of Torah is the garment of Torah. Whoever thinks that the garment is the real Torah and not something else – may his spirit deflate! This is why David said: ‘Open my eyes, so I can see wonders out of your Torah,’ [Psalms 119:18] what is under the garment of Torah.
Come and see: There is a garment visible to all. When those fools see someone in a good-looking garment they look no further. But the essence of the garment is the body; the essence of the body is the soul. So it is with Torah. She has a body: the commandments of the Torah, called ‘the embodiment of Torah.’ This body is clothed in garments: the stories of this world… [Fools] do not look at what is under the garment. Those who know more do not look at the garment, but rather at the body under the garment. The wise ones, servants of the King on high, those who stood at Mount Sinai, look only at the soul, root of all, real Torah. In the time to come, they are destined to look at the soul of the soul of Torah.
… Happy are the righteous who look at Torah properly! As wine must sit in a jar, so Torah must sit in this garment. So look only at what is under the garment. All those words and all those stories are garments” (Zohar 3:152a).