Reclaiming Joy (5) Whose Torah - The Brilliant Student's Or The One Who Struggles?
Based on the sefer Pirkei Machshavah - Nisyonos Acharis Hayamim (the tests of our generation) by Rav Ezriel Tauber. P92. What did Hashem offer the nations of the world when He offered them the Torah? What level of Torah did He offer? Why was there a presumption that the Torah might have been given during the time of the mabul (flood); or even during the time of Avraham Avinu (our forefather)? It is remarkable that the Torah was given to a nation that had spent years in the filth of Egypt and was steeped in the 49 levels of impurity and the majority of which did not want to leave! We are in an equally low world, which - like Moshe was for the Jews back then - requires the greatest tzaddikim (righteous men) to pull us out of the Egypt. The purpose of Torah is not to help the mal'achim (angels) with whatever they are dealing with - it is "designed" to help man transform the darkness of this world into light. The tremendous zchus (merrit) we have to live in this generation, where it's so hard to serve Hashem, and a person turns away from something he shouldn't look at, or spends an extra 15 minutes with a sefer. The many questions about the Talmudic description of Moshe Rabbeinu's "introduction" to Rebbi Akiva. Who do the crowns of Torah belong to - the ones who work hard and invest themselves to acquire them.