Moses de Leon – Sefer ha-Rimmon - Tree of life
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Moses de Leon – Sefer ha-Rimmon, MS British Museum, Margoliouth No. 759 Fol. 100b
[It] is called the Tree of Life. . . . Just as a tree consists of branches and leaves, bark, sap and roots, each one of which components can be termed tree, there being no substantial difference between them, you will also find that the Torah contains many inner and outward things, and all form a single Torah and a tree, without difference between them. . . . And although among the sages of the Talmud one forbids what the other allows, one declares a thing to be ritually clean which another terms impermissible, one says this and another that, nevertheless it is necessary to know that the whole is one unity.