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His Torah

via Lma’an Yishme’u

HaShem told the Yidden through Yirmeyahu HaNavi that Eretz Yisroel (the land of Israel) and the First Beis HaMikdash (the Holy Temple) were destroyed "because they forsook my Torah." What exactly did they do? Chazal (our sages) explain that the people of that time did not introduce their learning sessions by first saying Birkas HaTorah (the opening blessings of Torah study said every morning). But why should this omission cost us the Beis HaMikdash and Eretz Yisroel?

The Bach elaborates: Those great scholars studied Torah as a profound academic exercise, without intending to connect with the kedusha (holiness) of the Torah and thereby to draw down the Shechina (Divine Presence). That is why the land remained desolate, without the holiness of the Shechina.

In this spirit, the Rebbe reminds us that while Torah study of course requires a person to delve into its reasoning, he must first connect to the Giver of the Torah, and then he will be approaching his studies as he should.

(לקו"ש חט"ו ע' 3)

One day, between Yom Kippur and Sukkos, the Mitteler Rebbe (2nd Lubavticher Rebbe) and his son Reb Nochum went for a walk. Outside their home, they beheld around two hundred chassidim listening intently as a yungerman (young man) chazer'd (reviewed / repeated / taught) the maamorim (holy deep chassidic lesson) from Shabbos Selichos and Rosh HaShana, through the day after Yom Kippur. The chassidim were so absorbed in the maamar that they did not notice the Rebbe and his son.

The Mitteler Rebbe hid behind some trees, and asked Reb Nochum to see who was chazering and which maamar it was. When Reb Nochum returned, saying that the speaker was Avrohom Sosnitzer, the Mitteler Rebbe said, "My father once instructed me to tell Avrohom Sosnitzer, 'When one repeats profound Chassidus it is indeed sweet, but one must not forget about Whom one is speaking - Ein Sof Boruch Hu (the Infinite One – Blessed Be He)."

(לקו"ד ח"א ע' קצה)

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