Black Letters and White Space:
A Meditation on the Role of Torah in My Life

A Torah scroll is written with black ink on white parchment. As in many realms of life, we tend to focus on what we see (the black letters) as opposed to noticing what is not there (the blank white parchment around it). But Jewish law brings our attention to both elements, by stating that both are necessary in order for the Torah scroll to be kosher. 

What are the ways in which Torah is present and clear in our lives, and what are the parts that are more ambiguous or invisible — and yet, just as important? What are the elements of Torah we wish to incorporate more deeply into our own lives? Which people, moments, and experiences that we’re grateful for have strengthened our own personal Torah? 

Consider these questions by exploring the texts and then engaging in the activity below.