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Are You Involved??

Oftentimes people learn Torah and are frustrated when they don't understand - either at all or quickly enough. However there is a basic error in the premise that underlies such feelings. Our job is to be BUSY learning Torah. Of course there is an obligation to learn and understand the entire Torah - Written and Oral [as the Shulchan Aruch Harav rules] but there is value in the very act of studying - even if one does not comprehend.

And that of course is what we mean when we say the daily bracha "Laások bidivrei Torah" - to be INVOLVED with Torah. We can compare it to a relationship. You don't necessarily UNDERSTAND the other person fully [especially if they are of the opposite gender] but you love and find value and fulfillment in being involved with them.

So if you get a telephone call in the middle of learning, you can't answer - you are presently INVOLVED in a relationship - with Hashem!! [Based in part on the teachings of Rav Kook]

Love and Blessings

Elchanan ben Henna Miriam

I might be misquoting Rav Schachter Shlita here, so anyone who can confirm that this is Rav Schachter’s opinion please do so. This is Rav Schachter opinion as I understand it to be: I believe that he differentiates between the written torah and the oral law in this regard. If one reads the written torah and does not understand what one has read one has nevertheless fulfilled his obligation of Talmud torah. On the other hand, if one learns the oral law and one doesn’t comprehend what one has learned one has not fulfilled ones obligation of Talmud Torah. (What does Rebbe think?)

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