Striving for the Heights (Tzav – Parsha Insights, Mussar)

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Of all the treasures that HaShem bestowed upon us, Torah is the greatest of them all. Since the Torah is the Divine Wisdom, it would be reasonable to assume that our intention in Torah study is to become wise.

Yet, our Sages, commenting on the verse (Vayikra 8:37) “This is the Torah of elevation,” explain: “Whoever studies Torah will be elevated.” Apparently, the purpose of Torah study is not to become wise, but to become “elevated,” i.e., holy.

The Torah renders holiness in two ways. Firstly, it rectifies any misdeed that was done, by restoring the holiness that was lost.  Secondly, the study of the holy Torah draws the Shechinah close to dwell amongst the People of Israel.

In addition, Torah study neutralizes the influence of the negative impulse. Even more, the merit of Torah study will ultimately facilitate the uprooting of evil from the world.

The Prophet said (Zachariah 14:9): “And Hashem will be King over all the world – on that day HaShem will be One and His Name will be One.” Meaning, the merit of Torah study will bring about the rectifications that lead to the revelation of HaShem, i.e., the redemption.

May we engage in Torah study and merit to see the holiness, joy, and illumination of the Shechinah (based on the Ohr HaChaim HaKodesh).

Today: As you study Torah, rejoice with the awareness that you are elevating yourself and the entire world.

Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Zvi Miller and the Salant Foundation

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