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Sunday, May 26, 2019 21 Iyar 5779


The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion
In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion it is written, “If you follow my laws and keep my commandments.” Rashi comments that “following my laws” means to “be diligent in studying Torah.” In other words, we are commanded to study Torah not just to know how to keep the mitzvot but for the sake of the knowledge itself, to engage with Divine wisdom.
Why does the Torah use the expression bechukotai--my laws? The word has the same root as chakikah, engraving. When words are engraved in stone, they become an integral part of the stone. This is unlike writing with ink on paper, when the ink and paper remain two separate substances.
This is the concept of Torah study: Not only to learn it to know how to fulfill the mitzvot, but to become so engaged in it that the Torah becomes part and parcel of our being. Through Torah study both our body and soul enjoy and benefit from it.
When a person becomes so immersed in his Torah learning, the effect goes beyond the person himself and impacts the world at large. After Moshiach comes, the holiness of Torah will become imprinted on all of creation. The flow of blessings will emanate from the Torah to every aspect of the universe.
(The Rebbe, Hitvaaduyot 5748 vol. 3, p. 350)


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