Wednesday, April 10, 2013

48 Ways: #10 - Serving Sages


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The tenth of the 48 is shimush talmidei chachamim, service of Torah scholars. [Please note that there are several extant variations of the list, and your numbering may vary.]

"Service of Torah scholars" implies a life in which one is regularly in the presence of sages, and in which one looks after their needs. Both of these are important; the former affords the opportunity to learn from a great example, and the latter helps us to develop a mindset of devotion to promotion of Torah, whether our own or that of others. So it is that the Talmud (Berachot 7a) says, "Service of Torah is even greater than its study."

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