So you hold these writings in higher esteem then you would "old wives tales, now codified?"<quoted text>
Ok - now that we have dispensed with the contextual issues (in my previous post)...
Of course there is a linkage between the Torah and my beliefs and practices. The way I approach it, probably similar to the way more than a few devout Christians approach their scripture - is that I assume that the text is trying to tell me something. What it is I dont always know. And often what is being told is through what is not being mentioned at the time (i.e. the intellectual gaps in the narrative).
So my job is to seek out what is of value. Sometimes the encounter leads to fertile ground, sometimes the encounter just leads to a respectful stand off, sometimes it is enough to just chant or read the text as a form of worship (as on Saturday in synagogue) and/or as a meditative exercise and leave it at that...
That approach is diametrically opposite to the idea of approaching the text with scientific skepticism and looking to the outside for evidence to prove or disprove. Nothing wrong with that approach either, but that is a scientific, rational approach, NOT a religious mode. And not to say that a scientific approach has nothing to offer, rather often such an approach can enhance the religious approach by offering another perspective - creating more depth.
Fair to say?
As do most Christians and other believers I would think. That was my point.
But I appreciate the peek inside as to how you view them, think of them and gain meaning from them.
I think that literature (obviously some more than others) can also hold meaning for non-believers. Good fiction can also impart meaning and life lessons. And folks like me might say this what is going on but you simply look at it differently.
Does that sound reasonable?