She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who lay hold of her are blessed.
Time and again, in the midst of troubled times or facing difficult decisions, I’ve found the words of the weekly parish giving me guidance – or, conversely, the events themselves granting me deeper insight into the Torah text. For that is what “Torah” means: teaching, instruction, guidance. Torah is a commentary on life, and life is a commentary on Torah. Together they constitute a conversation, each shedding light on the other. Torah is a book not only to be read but to be lived.
~ Rabbi Sacks, Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible, Genesis, 2