"He who loves wisdom makes his father happy"
Shammay said: "Make studying a constant habit, speak little and do a lot, and welcome everyone with a smiley face."
(Pirkei Avot 1 Mishnah 15)
How important is the study of the Torah as well as the Ethics of our Fathers and the many Sacred books of the wise men of Israel, not in vain have we been called "the people of the book"
, and not in vain many men of our town have excelled greatly and largely due to the study.
"Once a pagan came to Shammay and said," I will convert to Judaism if you can teach me the whole Torah in the time I can stand on one foot "
But Shammay rejected him with the rod that he had in his hand "(Treatise of Sabbath 31 a)
This Mishnah teaches us that study has its value and bears fruit when it is constant, if it is studied only once or from time to time it will not see any benefit.
For this reason Shammay cast the pagan that he wanted to study the Torah in a few minutes, in the time that he could bear to stand on one foot.
We must study the Torah constantly, day after day, we read in the Treatise of Erubin 21B: In whom do you find the teachings of Torah? "In the one who rises and falls in the house of studies"
We also read in the Treaty of Baba Metzia 87b:
"Righteous men say little and do much", Like Abraham our Patriarch, who told his guests that he only brought them bread, and then brought them butter and milk, meat of veal and three measures of semolina flour.
But the wicked say a lot and don't even do a little, and where do we learn this from?
From Efron, who assured Abraham that he would give him the plot to bury Sarah for free and in the end demanded 400 shekels of silver.
We should always try to do good without talking too much, because "The just will speak only so that people prepare for what he will do"
But the wicked talk too much, because in reality it is not in their purpose to do anything.
(Excerpts from Mishnah P. Avot)
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