, which celebrates the giving of the Torah
to the people Israel, teaches that each of us encounters the Torah
on a myriad of levels – the literal, contextual (peshat
), the allegorical, philosophical (remez
), the homiletic, ethical (derash
), and the mystical (sod
). The first Hebrew letters of these four levels create the acronym for orchard – PaRDeS – signifying the multiplicity of meanings to be discovered in the Torah
. Each tree in this metaphorical orchard is recognized as a tree of life to all who uphold it – a source of wisdom and sustenance throughout our lives. On behalf of the Board of Governors, Overseers, faculty, students, and administration of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, I express our heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support of our sacred mission – the transmission of Torah
from generation to generation.
Please click here
for our cantorial students' rendition of Eitz Chayim Hi
(It is a Tree of Life).