Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Parshas Vayechi

Investing in Another Jew

By Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig

When Yaakov (Jacob) blessed his sons before his death, he made reference to the partnership between Yissachar and Zevulun. He blessed Zevulun (Beraishis/Genesis 49:13) that he would dwell by the seashores where his commerce would enable him to provide for Yissachar, who would spend his time studying Torah.

The Medrash (Yalkut Shimoni 161) teaches us that since Zevulun facilitated Yissachar's Torah study, he was entitled to an equal share of its reward in the World to Come. Why is this so? If Zevulun could earn a large sum of money with comparatively less effort than that exerted by Yissachar in his Torah study, why should Zevulun still be considered an equal partner rather than a secondary one? Similarly, the Talmud (Brachos 17a), expounding on the concept that women merit a greater portion in the World to Come than do men, asks how women merit that portion. The Talmud answers that they earn this reward by taking their children to the synagogue to study and encouraging and enabling their husbands to study. But women are obviously no less capable of performing their own mitzvos than men; why do they gain their reward through others? And why does that yield them a greater portion?

A person's act of selfless giving of himself to facilitate the growth of someone else is greater in G-d's eyes than his striving for his own personal growth. The investment of a significant period of time and effort to study Torah is very precious to G-d, but at the same time the student experiences the joys of Torah study as well as the growth from the acquired knowledge and character refinement. But a person who supports the study of another - whether he invests money, energy or love - does not experience the pleasure and does not grow from the insights, but he gives of himself in this same mitzvah nonetheless. Thus, Zevulun, like the loving wife and mother, earns an equal share of the reward for Yissachar's Torah study.

Have a Good Shabbos!


Text Copyright 2006 by Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig and Torah.org.

Kol HaKollel is a publication of The Milwaukee Kollel Center for Jewish Studies 5007 West Keefe Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 414-447-7999


 

ARTICLES ON KI SAVO AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

A Spiritual Time
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

The Custom of Eating Symbolic Foods
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Joyful Service
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Boomerang
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Jealous of a Bird?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Giving in to the Dictates of One's Heart
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Elul
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5755

It's Never Too Late
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

'Sin... Don't Laugh!'
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

ArtScroll

The Mystical Tug of the Shofar
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

The World Was Created for Me
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

The Evil of the Ingrate
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

> The Root Of Unhappiness
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Say It With Chumros
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

The Shofar: A Wake-Up Call
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

His Story
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information