The Tisch: Enjoy Torah study?

29.10.2011                      01.Cheschwan. 5772                       Rosch Chodesch 2, Noach

Judentum:

The Tisch: Enjoy Torah study?

A mistaken opinion says that true Torah study for the sake of the Divine is only possible when there is no personal joy in the act.

Rabbi Avraham Borenstein of Sochaczew (1839-1910) was one of the most influential Polish hassidic masters. His acclaim and impact were primarily due to his legal acumen. His legacy includes a halachic work on the laws of Shabbat entitled Eglei Tal (Piotrkow, 1905), a work still widely consulted, and volumes of responsa printed posthumously in 1912-1934 under the title Avnei Nezer. It is by the title of his responsa that he is commonly known.
In the introduction to his Eglei Tal, the Avnei Nezer incidentally mentions that he heard about a certain mistaken attitude toward Torah study. The mistaken approach held that if one studied Torah and enjoyed the pursuit, his Torah study was tainted; true Torah study for the sake of the Divine was only possible when there was no personal joy in the act….