(A pleasant voice has awakened Wake up sleepy heads The Torah sends out voices)
This compact and crystalline unit of Zohar alerts us to a few facts of life:
1) We are, more often than not, asleep (even while we are awake).
2)The Torah is a kind of alarm clock that sends out wake up calls in various voices.
3)It is up to us to receive, recognize and respond to those very voices quietly calling us beyond the surface of our shallowness.
According to this, the Torah has a voice, or is a voice, that speaks to us in its own words (i.e., through its text), as well as through other mediums such as nature, history, dreams, angels, messengers, signs or songs.
‘The’, or ‘A’, function of the Torah is thus to wake us up to the Divine presence all around and deep within us—silently speaking or singing to us, if only we would take the time to listen.
This understanding sheds light on the significance of the “Shema”. It is only after we have taken the time to “Hear” or “Listen” to this voiceless voice that we are able to experience and exclaim the truth of God’s and Reality’s underlying unity.
The title of the song, “Voice Lessons”, can thus be understood as learning to hear, or even see, the Voice of the Torah speaking to us through every facet of our lives.
קַל קַלָא דְקַלְיָא אִתְעָר מֵעֵילָא לְתַתָא
Qal qala d’qalya Itar lay’ayla le’tata
(A voice, voice of voices Awakened from above and below)