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Torah Learning for the Creative Individual

Outstanding people who are involved in Torah and who have a talent and inner predilection for ethical and poetic studies, for high thoughts and exalted wisdom, may not suppress or nullify that great desire.

They must broaden it and make it great. They must every day engage in Torah learning that is broad and that transmits knowledge, wisdom and ability.

Such people must dedicate most of their talent to such learning. They should not worry that this dedication may force them to curtail their practical Torah learning, leading them to satisfy themselves with learning that is easy, short and straight, allowing them to simply know the halachah and its reasoning clearly, and allowing them to simply clarify everything in its time with the calm learning of breadth of knowledge in (a) halachah, (b) the basic Talmud discussions and (c) the various approaches of the sages.

This will not keep them from being sharp. True Torah sharpness is naturally born of this learning [mentioned above] of itself, and appears when it is needed.

One does not need to work hard and spend a great deal of time on pilpul. As it is, most pilpul is intended for those [who, not being poetic,] turn to it to fulfill the thirst of their soul for the breadth of Torah and powerful intellectual freedom.

A little pilpul is always good, even for those who are mostly involved in very spiritual matters; but the basic concern of these sensitive souls must be “to open the eyes of the blind; to bring the prisoner out of the jail; to take the man sitting in darkness out of his cell” (Is. 42:7).

Eder Hay’kar, p. 140

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Torah

Learning

for

the

Creative

Individual



















Outstanding

people

who

are

involved

in

Torah

and

who

have

a

talent

and

inner

predilection

for

ethical

and

poetic

studies



for

high

thoughts

and

exalted

wisdom



may

not

suppress

or

nullify

that

great

desire





















They

must

broaden

it

and

make

it

great





They

must

every

day

engage

in

Torah

learning

that

is

broad

and

that

transmits

knowledge



wisdom

and

ability





















Such

people

must

dedicate

most

of

their

talent

to

such

learning





They

should

not

worry

that

this

dedication

may

force

them

to

curtail

their

practical

Torah

learning



leading

them

to

satisfy

themselves

with

learning

that

is

easy



short

and

straight



allowing

them

to

simply

know

the

halachah

and

its

reasoning

clearly



and

allowing

them

to

simply

clarify

everything

in

its

time

with

the

calm

learning

of

breadth

of

knowledge

in

(a)

halachah



(b)

the

basic

Talmud

discussions

and

(c)

the

various

approaches

of

the

sages





















This

will

not

keep

them

from

being

sharp



True

Torah

sharpness

is

naturally

born

of

this

learning



mentioned

above



of

itself



and

appears

when

it

is

needed





















One

does

not

need

to

work

hard

and

spend

a

great

deal

of

time

on

pilpul





As

it

is



most

pilpul

is

intended

for

those



who



not

being

poetic





turn

to

it

to

fulfill

the

thirst

of

their

soul

for

the

breadth

of

Torah

and

powerful

intellectual

freedom





















A

little

pilpul

is

always

good



even

for

those

who

are

mostly

involved

in

very

spiritual

matters



but

the

basic

concern

of

these

sensitive

souls

must

be

“to

open

the

eyes

of

the

blind



to

bring

the

prisoner

out

of

the

jail



to

take

the

man

sitting

in

darkness

out

of

his

cell”

(Is



42:7)





















Eder

Hay’kar



p



140



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