Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend
Rambam

Rambam

Rabbi Yitzchok Etshalom
Talmud Torah 1:10

10: Until what point is a person obligated to study Torah? Until the day of his death, as it says: *ufen yasuru milvavkha kol y'mey hayyekha* - (lest these words depart from your heart all the days of your life - Devarim [Devarim] 4:9). And as long as he is not involved in study, he forgets.

Q1: Again, why the need for this Halakha: If you are obligated to establish times during the day and at night, clearly this does not end until you are dead...R does not mention a similar Halakha regarding, for example, the reading of Shema. It seems obvious that any obligation applies throughout lifetime, unless there is a Halakhic exemption (e.g. certain sicknesses for Tefillin; a bridegroom for Shema etc.)

YE: Until this point, R has addressed TT as a vehicle for knowledge; learning and teaching children (where specific verses, quantities are mentioned) and the obligation for everyone to participate in this QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE. R seems to be introducing a new component of TT - as a method of maintaining awareness of Torah - awareness of the theological/historical attitudes and of the halakhic/ethical mores. (see more below) He is not yet dealing with what we refer to as *Torah lishma* - the value of TT for its own inherent worth.

Q2: In the same vein, why does R need to quote a verse - and this particular one? The verse from Yehoshua would have suffice, would it not have? - Q3: Why the add-on - that as long as you are not learning, you forget? What is R adding here?

YE: (Following from A to Q1 above,) the Torah warns us never to forget the stand at Sinai, the exodus, or (by extension) any of the other historical/metahistorical events which shape the tenets of our faith; since, as R points out, forgetting is something that automatically sets in as long as one is not involved in learning about it, discussing it or thinking about it, this verse obligates the "not-to-forget" mode of TT. To summarize; so far, there are two different components of study: 1) to learn in order to know how to live as a Jew and 2) to continue learning in order to not forget these lessons. This does take us beyond the operative learning of how to put on Tefillin, how to return lost items etc. to the more attitudinal approaches and consequences of "being involved" in learning Torah.

Rambam, Copyright (c) 1999 Project Genesis, Inc.

 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Seven Days of Pesach
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

The Great Shabbat
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Pesach In Command
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

> Worth the Struggle
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

4 Seder Cups & 1 Yiddishe Cup
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Tarnished Treasures of Pesach
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Inherent and Essential Contradictions
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5770

The Servants of G-d
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

The Passover Order
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

ArtScroll

The "Second" Pesach
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Symbolism Over Substance
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Pesach Selections
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Yosef’s Bones And Splitting Of The Sea: A Lesson In Unity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

Sipur Yetzias Mitzrayim: Once Upon a Time…
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Thanks for Everything
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

A Focus of Our Attention
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760



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