"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Every soul, big or small, the moment it passed the process of being cleansed in the fires of hell, found a place in Paradise-- each according to its origin and its deeds. All the heavens, all the upper worlds, all the spheres, all the angels and souls, were concerned with one thing-- to learn the secrets of the Torah, since God and the Torah and those who believed in the Torah, the Jews, were one and the same.... God Himself studied the Torah; that is to say, He studied His own depths. All the heavens, the entire entirety, were one great yeshivah.

[On paradise in the Torah.: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.23.2009

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