Thursday, February 26, 2009

A true student


"There are four traits among those who sit before the Sages: Sponge, Funnel, Sieve and Nafah. The Sponge absorbs everything, the Funnel brings it in one side and out the other, the Sieve extrudes the wine and retains the sediment, and the Nafah extrudes the poor flour and retains the better-quality flour."

Midrash Chachamim notes: Students are described here as those who "sit before the sages," rather than simply "students." True learning takes place only when a person establishes himself, regularly, in day and night learning before a sage.

(Pirkei Avot 5:15)

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