Rewards for Torah Study

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Please Note: On this site I will show the four letter blessed *“Memorial Name” of the Almighty in Ivrit - - Y-H-V-H, which we usually pronounce as Adonai or HaShem. At all times treat the most blessed Name with sanctity and when we even see the Name, we should say “blessed be His Sanctified Name.”

 

*This is My Name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” Shemot - Exodus 3:15.

 

 

The verses below are taken from the JPS version, being the “Jewish Publication Society” from their English version.

Some explanations (clarifications), names and the “Memorial Name” in Hebrew has been added.

 

With Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

I believe that the primary text of our Jewish tradition, even the ‘Shema’ itself, enjoins us as Jews to study the Torah. By faithfully reading and gaining a deeper insight of our Torah study will be rewarded for it will lead to keeping the Commandments. This could well be an oversimplification. As for some rabbis, reading the Torah is clearly a value in itself. Nevertheless, the citation at the end of this short study will allude to the greatest reward of all: By studying with a deeper insight and if at all possible with and in the presence of children, we Jews will ensure the ongoing study of Torah and our Jewish heritage. For we are clearly told to do so;

“And thou shalt love thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” Devarim - Deuteronomy 6: 5-7 (JPS version of the Torah). 

Because the Torah is the touchstone of the Jewish people, we Hebrews are often called “the people of the Book.” The Book being of course is the Torah, the Five Books of Moshe - Moses. But the Torah is so much more than just one book. It can also refer to all of our Sacred literature and learning. Thus it is so important that we study the blessed Torah because Torah study leads us to be stronger, which will lead us to the observance of upholding the Mitzvoth as well as the other Mitzvoth, such as the “Aseret Hadibrot – The Ten Commandments.

In the first paragraph of the Shema, which is derived from Davarim - Deuteronomy 6:4-8, we are charged to express our love for Elohim, blessed be He, through constant study, “When thou liest down, and when thou risest up”. Such study has the potential to bring the people into a closer relationship with Elohim. There is no doubt that Torah study sweetens our lives. To emphasize this sweetness and in children especially, it was found that in Eastern Europe children used to begin their study of Hebrew with letters that had been written in honey. As they learned the letters and enjoyed the honey, they also learned that the study of Torah was sweet!

We find the instruction to study Torah wherever we turn in our tradition. Torah study was encouraged not only to sharpen one’s mind, but also to serve as a guide for living a moral life. The logic goes this way: One who takes Torah study seriously will most likely choose the right path in life. For this reason, the Mitzvah of Torah study will encourage all other commandments. It has been said “These are the things for which a person enjoys the dividends in this world while the principal remains for the person to enjoy in the world to come. They are: honoring parents, loving deeds of kindness, and making peace between one person and another, but the study of the Torah is equal to them all”

I pray that your world will stand on three things: 1. on Torah, 2. worship of Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, and 3. loving deeds of kindness and your reward will be abundant!

 

May … “ bless thee, and keep thee;

Make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;

lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace”

Be’midbar – Numbers 6: 24-26 (JPS version of the Torah).

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Please Note: On this page I will show the four letter blessed *“Memorial Name” of the Almighty in Ivrit - - Y-H-V-H, which we usually pronounce as “Adonai” or “HaShem. At all times treat the most blessed Name with sanctity and when we even see the Name, we should say “blessed be His Sanctified Name.”

 

*This is My Name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” Shemot - Exodus 3:15.

 

 

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