Tuesday, May 7, 2013

48 Ways: #30 - Beloved


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The thirtieth of the 48 is to be ahuv, beloved.

One might expect that being "beloved" would relate to our involvement with other people, but R' Eliezer Levi, in his commentary to Pirkei Avot, points the reader to the first lesson in the sixth chapter of Pirkei Avot. There, we are told that one who studies Torah for the pure purpose of satisfying Gd's expectations is "beloved" to G-d.

In order to succeed in Torah, one must act as one who is beloved to Gd, studying for the pure purpose of satisfying Gd's expectations. Our intent will affect our practical results.

Have a great day,

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