Torah Learning Equals All

The Torah
isn’t something that is just an open book with all the problems of the world and
your life solved in an instance of its study. It is a hidden treasure open only
to those who seek to open her gates one by one. The only way to bask in its
light is to place ones entire self therein. If a person simply peaks in
momentarily and then goes about there life not living every moment as if united
as one with the Torah, they will only see a short burst of light which will soon
disappear. By being united as one with the Torah, placing your entire being
therein, the treasure is yours to enjoy even in this world. The goal of the evil
inclination is to distract a person from merging with the Torah. If you sit and
learn Torah for a short while, it is great but you are not merged as one with
her. Only when your entire life is filled with her, learning and practicing the
commandments constantly, are her treasures yours.

 

    Our sages
teach us that every moment of Torah learning is equivalent to all the
commandments. It is my interpretation that this does not only include a person
sitting down before an open sefer, book before them. After-all, a person
receives a mitzvah for learning Torah even if all they do is think in their
minds passages and teachings of Torah. Therefore, if you go about your day aware
of Hashem’s Godliness and you are living by the Torah, aware of her importance
in your life, you are also fulfilling an aspect of reviewing your Torah
learning. It is thereby important to connect our daily actions to the Torah by
thinking of their direct relationship to one another. If your motions are
connected as if a chess player who contemplates his future moves even before
they take place, then you can channel this energy into a complete devotion
towards learning Torah. For example, our simple action of speaking softly
connects us to the verse in Talmud which says that “A man should always speak
gently with his fellow men.” (Yoma 86a) If we are in a situation that could lead
to anger and we withhold ourselves, we can complete the verse in Psalms, “Seek
Peace and purse it!” (Psalms 34:15) Even by just remembering the idea which you
know comes from the Torah, without recalling its specifics, brings you to the
aspect of reviewing your Torah learning. Therefore, when we go about our daily
lives, before completing an action, we should think about how we are fulfilling
something from the Torah. Then our actions also become part of “Torah learning
is equivalent to all the commandments”. Our simple action of speech or what have
you, becomes much more then just a simple action but rather we are merging
ourselves completely with the Torah.    

WRITTEN BY MOSHE (JANUARY 2004)