Eternal Diamonds (Pirkei Avot, 2:16)

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“Rabbi Tarfon said: If you learned a great amount of Torah, you will receive a great reward.”

A man traveling on the road found a pouch full of precious diamonds. He quickly returned to his house in order to get a closer look at his find. When he opened the pouch the sparkling gems lit up his house. His happiness and exuberance over these diamonds was without bounds because he knew they would give him the means to live a life of luxury and comfort.

HaShem blessed us with the precious gift of speech. Through speaking words of Torah, we can produce thousands of words of  Torah every week.  Each and every word of  Torah that we learn is a precious gem in the eyes of HaShem, and will bring us eternal delight in Gan Eden.

How wonderful is this gift of speech that HaShem granted us! Through Torah study, we can form thousands upon thousands of pearls, diamonds, and emeralds that will illuminate eternally for us in the World to Come.

In addition, a person’s Torah study will also bear fruits in this world, as King Solomon said, “Life and death are in the tongue, and those who love it will eat her fruits.” One who “loves” the faculty of speech in order to speak words of Torah, which is the very source of “life,” will eat from the fruits of his or her “gems of Torah” in this world as well as the World to Come.

May we take advantage of our gift of speech and create countless diamonds through the words of  Torah that we speak! (based on the commentary of the Chofetz Chaim]

Today: Dedicate time each day to study Torah and illuminate your life with the most sparkling, precious gems.

Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Zvi Miller and the Salant Foundation

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