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Sunday, 21 September 2014

What's the perfect temperature for Torah?

Daf Yomi Chagigah 12

A colleague was bemoaning the fact that he lives in LA and it’s so hard to get people to come out to a shiur (Torah class) at night. 
“People here have such a laidback attitude, they just can’t be bothered to come out,” he tells me, “the weather’s gorgeous and they’d rather be hanging out on the boardwalk or barbecuing in their backyard!”
“You’ve got to be kidding!” I replied, “You can’t get people out to an evening shiur because the weather’s too nice?  Try getting them to come out in minus forty!”

King David declares in Psalms, “By day, G-d will command his kindness, and at night His song is with me.”

Raish Lakish expounded: Wherefore does G-d command his kindness by day?  To he who sings G-d’s song at night. Anyone who toils in Torah at night, the Almighty shines a ray of kindness upon him during the day. 

It’s not easy to learn Torah, let alone ‘toil in Torah’ at the end of a long hard day’s work.  You finally make it home, help with homework, tuck the kids in and you’re wiped.  At that point, most of us would prefer to just kick back and switch on the telly. 

No matter where you live, there’s always going to be some excuse as to why you can’t learn Torah!  Maybe it’s too hot, maybe it’s too cold, or maybe it’s just the yetzer hara (evil inclination)! 

But it’s worth it to go the extra mile.  G-d knows that nobody wants to learn Torah at the end of a long day and that’s why He promises to shine His kindness upon you tomorrow if you do make the effort.  What is kindness?  It’s synonymous with the abundant non-stop flow of Divine energy into your business dealings, your relationships, your health.  Who wouldn’t want that?

Toil in Torah at night!  It’s well worth the effort!  The Almighty will shine His kindness upon you!

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