Wednesday, May 29, 2013

48 Ways: #48 - Learn in order to practice


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The forty-eighth of the 48 is lomeid al menat la'asot, learning for the sake of practicing.

One who learns Torah in the abstract is not necessarily careful to fully digest the material; contemplating implementation compels us to consider what we are learning far more carefully, and with an eye toward understanding how it relates to specific situations. Rabbeinu Bechayye compares this to studying medicine - one who is simply interested in the topic will not care about misunderstandings, but one who intends to practice will be far more diligent.

Have a great day,

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