Wednesday, April 3, 2013

48 Ways: #4 - Understand the Unspoken


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The fourth of the 48 is binat halev, "comprehension of the heart".

Rabbeinu Bechayye contends that this refers to the ability to understand the unspoken. In an ideal scenario, lessons would be spelled out clearly in the spoken word, but communication of certain ideas is beyond our power of speech. For these, we are expected to understand in our heart that which we will not hear with our ears.

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