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)