Sunday, December 14, 2008

The goal of Torah study


"You msut study for practical life - that is the fundamental principle of the law. With attentive mind and with receptive heart you must study in order to practice. You must aim at learning from the law a way of life, which is its true teaching; only then can you learn it properly, only then will it disclose to you its inmost meaning.

"Every other object, whether it is to sharpen the mind and the brain, or even to attain honour and respect and livelihood, has a value, because there is a hope that through occupying yourself with the law you will learn to love and study it for the sake of its one supreme object, but in itself it does not lead to the goal."

(R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb, paragraph 493)

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