Parshas Ha-Azinhu :
 By: Yaacov Silverstein
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Parshas Ha-Azinhu:

Pasuk (32:2)

"May my teachings drop like rain, and may my utterance flow like the dew,

like storm winds upon vegetation and like raindrops upon blades of grass."

Rashi comes and takes this Pasuk a step further than what we may see in this Pasuk. He explains, that Hashem is telling us that He has given us Torah which is compared to water, that they are both life-giving to the world.

However Rashi continues and explains that Torah is also like Dew, that everyone likes it. Unlike rain that some people dislike, such as the traveler on his way.

Comes the Ksav Sofer and asks, if everyone likes dew, and some dislike rain, why wasn't the Torah compared only to dew?

He explains that there is a difference between the falling of rain and the falling of dew.

The rain falls from above, yet it comes from the ground below. However, dew is different, it comes from above, without coming from the ground below.

We find the same by Torah, there are two concepts in learning the Torah.

1) If you worked hard and you feel that you have found the Torah, believe it.

2) Yet on the other hand we know one must rely on Heavens help in order to be able to understand ones learning.

This is the comparison to dew and rain.

When one learns Torah, he can not rely on Heaven alone, yet he must strive in his learning. A person must first do on this world below, his striving to learn Torah, just like the rain, it first comes from the ground than it comes from above. Only than will the Siyata DishMaya come and help him in his learning to understand the correct and true Halacha, the true understanding.

The more one strives in this world below, the more Hashem comes and helps him from above.

However, we also have the dew from above, this is the help of Heaven (Siyata Dishmaya) that one merits for striving in Torah. And the help from Heaven is than even greater than what he strives on in this world below.

I would like to add here something that I feel applies both to Tefilah and to Torah learning.

When one sits down to learn Torah/Daven, there are two types of learning that a person can do.

1) When one learns/Davens, he feels that he is part of his learning.

He is living his learning, enjoying it, and when he finishes, he feels that he has learnt new things and has accomplished a higher spiritual attainment.

2) When one learns/Davens, he feels that he is just doing a routine, he doesn't feel that he, his soul is taking part in his learning.

It is as if he is doing it from a distance.

How can one realize at times what type of learning he is doing?

If one is really into his learning or Davening, than if someone would disturb him in the middle, he would be bothered, for he will feel that he has lost his concentration. He would feel that after the distraction he would have to start all over again from 0 to reach 100 again.

If one isn't part of his learning, he would find it easy to get back to his learning and Davening, for he wasn't part of it.

The true learning, the type that one is part of his learning, is what can do miracles. For it brings heavenly help from the above, more than he puts into his Tefilah/Limud down below.

When we Daven with Kavanah, or learn with a great feeling of attainment, we must hold on to these precious "everlasting moments". We must fight away the Yetzer Hara, and hold on to our Kavanah in serving Hashem, for one never knows what power he has below.

The Midrash Simcha comes and explains that Divrei Torah is compared to rain, for just like when it rains, one doesn't realize its benefit right away, yet only after the passing of time. Same to with Torah learning, one may not realize what powers it may have, till after the passing of time.

The Sforno brings down that the Torah uses both rain and dew, for that is what Torah is compared to.

For those who are Talmedei Cahachamim, and are able to absorb much Torah learning, their learning is like rain that penetrates into man, and has great powers like storm winds.

Yet there are also those who are not as learned, for them Torah is like dew and gentle raindrops, that even in small light amounts, it can still make one accomplish a lot.

The Sefer Likutei Yehuda brings down, that Tefilah is also included, in Limud Torah. Yet the main power of Limud Torah is through deveikus.


Before learning one must say Birchas Ha Torah.