Can anyone explain the idea that God "created the world with the Torah," an idea that apparently has a long heritage, such that it does not appear to be the crazy bizarre notion that it seems to me now? I just want to understand what the idea is. For me, saying the Torah existed before the creation of the world would not be an answer, as it would be an equally crazy and bizarre statement. I do not mean to offend anyone with my questions.
It would seem that there is some kind of understanding of what the Torah is that is unknown to me. Perhaps that can be explained. My starting point, for anyone who cares to explain this to me, is that the Torah is a book; a holy book, transcribed by Moses long after the creation of the world.