Thursday, March 28, 2013

48 ways: #1 - Study!


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The first of the 48 is talmud, or study.

Rabbeinu Bechayye comments that talmud refers to study, as well as to "refuting challenges using the proper method of study". This latter point is instructive: Torah is not entirely freestyle, with each new student approaching it as though she was the first to ever look at the text. There is a structure and system and method to Torah, and it must be mastered. The first step identified in learning Torah is the humbling understanding that before we can learn, we must learn how to learn.

Have a great day,

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