Thursday Elul 9 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Teitsei, Chamishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 49-54. Also 25-27.
Tanya: Now, it is (p. 453) ...a hundred times." (p. 455).

My grandfather said in reference to hitbon'nut, the profoundly concentrated contemplation on a subject extremely difficult to comprehend: If the subject is of deep personal concern, the person will come to understand and comprehend it very well. The proof of this is in the Torah, in laws involving women, etc., and the ingenious arguments that they may put forth on their own behalf. These arguments are discussed by Tanaim, Amoraim and Gaonim, all exceptionally brilliant minds, and the Torah is the Torah of Truth.1 Yet this woman is far removed, intellectually, from being able to devise such (ingenious, brilliant) claims. But the truth is that when a subject is of deep concern to a person, even those of weak intellect will come up with profound concepts.