Saturday, April 6, 2013

48 Ways: #6 - Reverence


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The sixth of the 48 is eimah, reverence.

Shemot 24:16 says that Moshe Rabbeinu remained in a cloud for six days before he could meet Gd atop Mount Sinai. At the start of Avot d'Rabbi Natan, Rabbi Matya ben Charash says that this was meant to intimidate Moshe; receiving the Torah required the awareness that he was encountering something larger than himself. This is true for us as well, when we wish to learn – one who approaches Torah with reverence will be able to learn far more.

Have a great day,

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