The Talmud teaches a principle by R. Ishmael which is repeated eighteen times in the course of its Tractates: “The Torah speaks the language of men’. This begs the question: how does text talk?
Midrash is the circulation of the Oral Tradition within a contemporary procurement of the Written Tradition.A still frame for the oral tradition to wind through time collecting conversations on its way back to Sinai. It is designed to pull the current generation into the intergenerational conversation that each generation ought to be a part of, as the exciting writers in this issue of Sh’ma are. This is the covenant, we make in the Beit Midrash, with the Oral tradition.
The Binding of Issac (The Silence)