Saturday, December 09, 2006

Daf Yomi - Rosh Hashana 4 - THE TORAH IS PRECIOUS TO THE JEW

The Gemora explains a verse in Tehilim to mean the following: Since the Torah is precious to the Jews as a female dog to gentiles; they will receive the golden jewelry of Ophir.

The comparison is astounding and needs to be explained. The Netziv explains that a gentile’s infatuation and attraction to a female dog cannot be explained and cannot be fathomed by an ordinary person. So too, the love that Klal Yisroel have to the Torah cannot be understood by someone who doesn’t possess the desire to learn. Torah and Klal Yisroel are one and the same. The soul of a Jew is bound to the Torah.


Levi said...

I once heard a pshat based on a Midrash something to do with dogs playing a roll im making a sefer Torah - sorry I don't remember more - do you know what I'm talking about?

Avromi said...

ein eliyohu brings dowm medrash that the tzoah of a dog helps with the tannery process of the skins for leather in the sefer torah.

ben said...

I have heard that כלב is an acrostic for כולו לב, so therefore one who loves Torah and puts his whole heart into it is like the love of a dog. (except this refers to the love a dog has for its owner and not the love the owner has for the dog).