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Burning the Midnight Oil

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Burning the Midnight Oil

Our sages declare that the night was created for girsa – Torah study. They chose their words carefully: Girsa denotes a cursory type of study, intended to cover ground in Torah. It is not necessarily deep. Yet, the sages maintain that nighttime was created specifically for this type of study.
Night, Torah Study, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Burning the Midnight Oil
Disc 116, Program 463

Event Date: 10 Kislev 5741 - November 18, 1980

Our sages declare that the night was created for girsa – Torah study. They chose their words carefully: Girsa denotes a cursory type of study, intended to cover ground in Torah. It is not necessarily deep. Yet, the sages maintain that nighttime was created specifically for this type of study.

When a Jew studies Torah, even in its most basic form, he brings light to his personal darkness and to his corner of the world. This comes with a responsibility; even the simplest of our people has the task of making the night shine as day. After all, that’s why night was created.

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