Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tasting Eternity

I heard once a nice dvar torah which I thought I could share with you. It was from Rav Hadari Shli"ta. Its very simple, but very meaningful.

He explained that when a Jew goes into shabbat, he should never think about when shabbat ends. To him at that point, shabbat should never end. This is why we cannot plan from shabbat to after shabbat. Even if there is 5 minutes left in shabbat, a Jew should feel as if he will be living in the light of shabbat for eternity!

Rav Hadari told us the same is true about yeshiva. Some people go to yeshiva for one year, some for 2 years, some for a long time. But each bachur should feel as if his time in yeshiva is everlasting. While in yeshiva is not the time to plan for after. While in yeshiva, our mindset should be that eternity will be spent there. Of course, that doesn't mean we shouldn't be careful to find a job and all for after. We're more talking about a mental state.

I think what is true about yeshiva is true about everytime a jew learns some torah. At that time, even if its for 5 minutes, the Jew should take himself out of this world. Right now, to him, he will be basking in the light of torah for eternity. Its not just 5 minutes. When the 5 minutes are over, he'll take care of real life but while he's learning, nothing else should be on his mind.

Its mamash a taste of eternity. more...

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