"The Way of G-d"
Part 4: "Divine Service"
Ch. 2: "Torah Study"
Now on to the second frame of mind we'd need to assume in order to reap
full benefit of Torah-study: being committed to bettering ourselves.
We'd have to be so committed because the only way we could ever hope to be
an agent for the sublime transcendent force lying behind the Torah would
we were fitting conduits. After all, if electricity will only pass through
and flawless pipes, that's all the more so true of the sublime
force. We'd have to be pure and righteous conduits for it -- or at least
committed to being so.
Because if we're as inwardly rusty and soiled as an old pipe, we stop-up
mystical flowtide that Torah-study allows for; we sever our beings from G-
its Source, and align ourselves with evil instead; and we make it
draw upon the sublime force.
But we're assured nonetheless that we lesser souls should indeed delve
G-d's Torah despite ourselves, thanks to the following recondite
we're taught that the very act of studying Torah serves to remind us of G-
presence (thanks to the fact that He's so prevalent there and cited so
and to the very G-dliness of the words themselves); and that it's sure to
bring us close to Him.
So while we might not merit drawing from the sublime transcendent force,
will at least derive some measure of spiritual uplift if we study it
assiduously. And while we'd first only bask in the barest whisper of
would be reinforced as we continue to study, and we'll become inspired to
But don't assume that that same principle holds true if we study Torah
frivolously or for untoward, heretical motives; it doesn't. For Torah only
ennobles those willing to be noble, and who delve into it earnestly.
Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.