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Keeping In Touch – Vol. 4: Bechukotai

Keeping In Touch – Vol. 4: Bechukotai

Adlerstein, Rabbi Yitzchok
May 11, 2023

Parshat Bechukotai opens: ‘Im bechukosai teileichu, ‘If you proceed in My statutes…’ The Rabbis interpret this verse to be referring to the study of Torah…


The root of that term, chok, refers to mitzvot whose motivating principle transcends understanding. Torah study, however, involves comprehension and understanding, giving man the opportunity to intellectually grasp and identify with G-d’s truth.


…another way of interpreting the term Bechukotai, [is] related to the word chakikah,-‘engraving.’ According to this understanding, the implication of referring to Torah study with the word Bechukotai is that we must labor in the study of Torah until the words are engraved within us.


The advantage of engraving over writing is not merely that engraved letters are united with the surface unto which they are carved, for this is also true with regard to written letters.


[Rather] Their existence cannot be separated from the object onto which they have been engraved; the two form one integral whole.


… a person must engrave the Torah he studies within his very being… ceasing to see himself as an independent entity, rather, his entire existence is the Torah.


…Every person can, in microcosm, bring about that degree of identification with G-dliness through Torah study. When he understands a Torah concept, he can appreciate how his mind has become one with the G-dly idea that he is studying.”