Hakhel Email Community Awareness Bulletin
This week’s method, the first of the 48
“Ways” listed in Avos, is “Talmud”, which, the commentaries explain,
refers to activity which evinces a sincere desire to study Torah.
Accordingly, as this week’s goal, the individuals of the group have
undertaken not to allow themselves to be disturbed by any diversions (such
as a phone call, “Gotta moment?”, or even a need for advice, etc.)
during the first 15 minutes of a designated Torah study program during the
day (all of which represents the will to improve quality Torah time).
As a second, related objective for the
week, the individual members of the group have undertaken to study Torah
(any topic) for five minutes before going to sleep (which represents the
desire to improve the quantity of Torah study).
This week’s Kinyan is Shemayas Ha’Ozen—Attentive
The commentaries explain that this relates
able to hear yourself learn (as theTorah is then better
understood and remembered); and
to others as they speak to you.
Accordingly, the Kabalos, B’li Neder,
learning by yourself, learn loud enough to hear yourself for a minimum of 15
minutes daily (this may be divided throughout the day, such as morning and
a daily basis, listen to someone else tell you something without
interrupting him, for the purpose of fulfilling this Kabola.
A “Hiddur” in this is to repeat back to him what he has told you,
if the situation presents itself.
The third Kinyan is “Arichas Sefisayim”--articulate
This week’s Kabala, Bli Neder,is for ten
to fifteen minutes a day (depending upon your stamina) to learn by yourself
aloud,and if possible to the extent to have a conversation with yourself
about what you are learning. Example: Recite a Rashi aloud,then ask why did
Rashi say this... Could it be
because of that....etc.
The fourth Kinyan is “Binas Halev”--proper
This week’s Kabala, bli neder, is, once
a day, to THINK ABOUT the proper response or reaction to someone’s thought
or question to you, instead of responding immediately with what first comes
WEEK FIVE: AWE
This week's Kinyan is Aimah--Awe How can
we feel the awe of a moment of Torah Study? The commentaries explain that
unlike Yirah, which is an internal fear, Aimah is an awe or trepidation that
emanates from an external source. The Tomer Devorah writes that if we fear a
lion or a bear, which are simple creatures of our Maker, we must certainly
feel the awe of their Maker.
Accordingly, this week's Kabala, bli neder,
is before learning at least one time a day picture yourself as sitting in
front of Hashem Himself. If this does not evince enough of of a fearsome
feeling--picture a lion in front of you as you are about to learn!
WEEK SIX: FEAR
The sixth Kinyan is “Yirah”--fear
This week’s Kabala, bli neder, is, prior to learning Torah once a day, to realize
one’s lowliness as compared to the greatness of Hashem, and feel an internal fear of the awesome privilege of studying Torah--as
WEEK SEVEN: HUMILITY
This week’s midah is Anava, Humility. It
is suggested that at least one time a day before learning, one say aloud the
first words of the Rosh in the Orchos Chaim LeRosh--“LeHisrachek
Min HaGaava BeTachlis HaRichuk--To be kept far away from haughtiness with a
week's Kinyan (the eighth) is Simcha-joy.
is essential to Torah study. This week’s Kabala, bli neder, is,
before studying at least one time a day, appreciate the honor and
of Torah study and rejoice.
feel this joy when making Birchos HaTorah in the morning.
NINE: SERVING THE SAGES
week's Kinyan is Shimush Chachomim-Serving the
can learn a tremendous amount from being in the presence of a Talmud Chachom.
a week, approach a Chachom with a Halacha or Haskafah question and carefully
review the content of his response, and the manner in which he conveyed it.