Sunday, April 7, 2013

48 Ways: #7 - Fear


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The seventh of the 48 is yirah, fear.

"Fear" is a strong word, of course, but it fits here. One who would succeed in Torah must feel that getting its lessons right, understanding the true intent of the Torah, is of primary importance. A student who is not bothered by the possibility of misunderstanding the Torah, who conjures up explanations and ideas without making sure they are consistent with the Torah's teachings, cannot lay claim to expertise in Torah.

Have a great day,

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