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Morasha: Not Just The Name Of A Summer Camp

On a recent post we pointed out an apparent contradiction between the pasuk which says that Torah is an inheritance and the Mishna in the second chapter of Pirkei Avos that states that the Torah is NOT an inheritance.

My friend R' Amichai Shmuel ben Elka answered that the pasuk says that the Torah is an inheritance to the Jewish people whereas the Mishna is talking about the individual. Excellent answer! Indeed it behooves us to share our Torah with other Jews and not keep it for ourselves. Torah belongs to all of us.

The Sfas Emes answers that the Mishna states "Prepare yourself to learn Torah for it is not an inheritance" - the PREPARATION is not an inheritance - while the Torah is.

Many people keep the mitzvos but the preparation for mitzvos is a lost art. Rav Soloveitchik once commented that American Jewry has recovered Shabbos but still does not have Erev Shabbos. The insight is profound, requiring expansive commentary but I like to keep these posts as I was at my bar-mitzvah - very short!!!

With Love and Deep Friendship

Elchanan ben Henna Miriam

I heard this comment in the Rav's name as well, but more recently I heard it from Rav Yisroel Reisman in the name of Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky. Rabbi Reisman quoted Rav Yaakov in his motzei shabbos navi shiur on exactly the same topic (Hachanah), saying that Rav Yaakov considered himself zoche to seeing the reestablishment of Shabbos in America, but erev shabbos was still missing in comparision to the way it was in Europe. I wanted to tell Rabbi Reisman b'shaim the Rav, but I figured why fight it?

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