Wednesday, May 8, 2013

48 Ways: #31 - Love Gd


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The thirty-first of the 48 is oheiv et haMakom, to love Gd.

As we said for ahuv in the previous post, loving Gd is a term used at the start of the sixth chapter of Pirkei Avot, describing one who studies Torah for the pure purpose of satisfying Gd's expectations. Love is a force which causes us to surpass expectations; one who is in love does not ask, "What is the minimum you need," but instead seeks creative ways to find favour in the eyes of his beloved. This sort of approach - what can I do now for Gd - will lead to success in Torah study.

Have a great day,

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