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Prerequisite to Torah Study

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Prerequisite to Torah Study

It was taught in the school of Elijah the prophet: “Anyone who studies Jewish law every day is assured a place in the World to Come, as the verse says ‘halichos olam lo’ – the ways of the world are his;’ do not read it ‘halichos – ways of the world,’ but rather ‘halachos – Jewish law.’” – Making Jewish law your own makes the Next World yours as well.
Torah Study, Talmud, Siyum, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Prerequisite to Torah Study
Disc 103, Program 412

Event Date: 19 Kislev 5743 - December 05, 1982

It was taught in the school of Elijah the prophet: “Anyone who studies Jewish law every day is assured a place in the World to Come, as the verse says ‘halichos olam lo’ – the ways of the world are his;’ do not read it ‘halichos – ways of the world,’ but rather ‘halachos – Jewish law.’” – Making Jewish law your own makes the Next World yours as well.

When the Talmud restates the wording of a verse, it does not negate the original meaning. It is possible for someone to “study Jewish law every day,” yet have no contact with “the ways of the world” – he does not influence or improve the world around him. The Talmud, however, teaches: “If someone declares he has no interest other than Torah, even Torah he does not have.” Therefore, halachos – Torah study, must be preceded by halichos – involvement in one’s ultimate purpose: to turn this world into the sort of place G-d intended it to be.

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Kim Philadelphia, PA August 5, 2012

informative video This video was excellent - inspiring and informative. Thank you for sharing this. (Thank you for the English subtitles also.) I continue to learn so much on Chabad.org Reply

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