Wednesday nights - Rav Benzion's Tanya shiur..........Please continue to daven for the good health of the Rebbe (Yechiel Michel ben Devorah Leah) and Rebbetzin (Feiga bas Sarah).

Monday, February 27, 2012

Birchas HaTorah

In yesterday's piece, the Rebbe mentioned the implications of neglecting to recite Birchas Hatorah:

"Every morning we say the berachos for the privilege and the honor of studying the Torah which G-d has given us. We recognize G-d's authorship of the Torah and that it is a Divine gift, that it emanates and is derived from the Divine and Infinite Being and we thank G-d that we have an attachment to Torah. We thank Him for the privilege of studying Torah." See the rest here.

I thought it was a good idea to take a look at what the Baal Hatanya writes in his Shulchan Aruch and see how it complements the Rebbe's remarks. In The Laws of Birchas Hatorah (Siman 47), he writes:

"One must be exceedingly careful about the blessings of the Torah, for the Land [of Israel] was destroyed for no reason other than its omission, since [the Torah] was not significant enough in their eyes that they should make a blessing before it. It was for this reason that their Torah learning did not protect them - even though they learned and dealt in Torah a lot. Therefore, every person should see to it that the vessel of Hashem's grace that He took pleasure in every day be significant one's eyes enough to make the berachah with more simcha than all the pleasures of the world. [Making the berachah in this fashion] is indicative that his learning is lishmah."

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