Friday, November 03, 2006

Daf Yomi - Beitzah 7 - Desire on a rope

The Gemara states that a rooster once crossed a river on a rope bridge to reach a hen and fertilize its eggs. It is said regarding the Torah, it is not hidden from you and it is not far away. It is not in heaven that you must say, “Who can go up to heaven and take it for us, so that we can listen to it and perform it.” Rashi quotes the Gemara that states that if the Torah were in heaven, one would have to ascend to heaven to study it. Although it seems like the Torah is asking the impossible from us, the truth is that if we understood the greatness and beauty that is found in the Torah, we would be like the rooster that would make every possible endeavor to cross the rope bridge, i.e. to sacrifice ones life for the sake of Torah study.