Monday, April 15, 2013

48 Ways: #13b - A Settled Mind


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The thirteenth of the 48 is yishuv. Yesterday, we translated yishuv as 'resolution', but it may also be translated as 'a settled mind'. This is one of the views presented in Rashi on Pirkei Avot.

Within this explanation, one who would succeed in Torah must pursue his studies with a settled mind, without concern for external pursuits. One whose mind is distracted with thoughts of material gain or acquiring honour, for example, will not be able to devote the pure focus which will bring scholastic success.

Have a great day,

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