The Rewards for Torah Study

Studying Torah--broadly construed to include almost all traditional Jewish learning--is valued by Jewish tradition as one of the most important activities for both children and adults.

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Here are some statements from rabbinic tradition that aptly sum up the importance of Torah study.

-"The world stands on three things: on Torah, worship, and loving deeds of kindness" (Ethics of the Fathers 1:2).

-"Make your home a regular meeting place for scholars" (Ethics of the Fathers 1:4).

-"Be a disciple of Aaron: love peace and pursue it, love your neighbors, and attract them to Torah" (Ethics of the Fathers 1:12).

-"Shammai taught: Make the study of Torah your primary pursuit" (Ethics of the Fathers 1:15).

-"One who has acquired Torah has acquired eternal life" (Ethics of the Fathers 2:8).

-"If you have studied much Torah, your reward will be abundant" (Ethics of the Fathers 2:21).

-"The Torah is a tree of life to those who cling to it. All who uphold it are happy"(Proverbs 3:18).

-"If you truly wish your children to study Torah, study it yourself in their presence. They will follow your example. Otherwise, they will not themselves study Torah but will simply instruct their children to do so" (Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Kotzk).

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Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs

Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs is the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He has served as the publications committee chairperson of the Rabbinical Assembly.