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Amidah-Sefer haZechut-The Gift of Knowledge Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

iAttach-Prayer-Amidah-Parsha-iPray-KavanotThe 21st of Shevat is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Yechiel Meir Lifschitz (Lipschutz) of Gustinin [Gostynin; Gastinin] (1816-1888). He was a disciple of Rav Menachem Mendel of Kotsk and of Rav Yaakov Aryeh of Radzymin, after whose death he became chassidic leader in Gustinin. His teachings appear in Merom HaRim and Mei HaYam.


With the assistance of God, Blessed be His Name, the undeserved gift that God has granted to one as insignificant as I am to understand just a little of His Torah that is so holy, through His great kindness and in His compassion on me, for it is not in my righteousness nor in the security of my heart that I have merited Torah, for I know how low I am and how lacking, how much of a sinner I am. It is only because this treasure of Torah is granted as a free gift. It is from this treasure that is given to one who is aware of how insignificant he is, as the Talmud teaches that God said to Moses, “I will give this gift of Torah to the one who knows that he doesn't have.”

Our fundamental responsibility is to recognize God's goodness and kindness, and one who does not know how low and insignificant he is cannot possibly recognize the kindness that God gives him. This is why the gift of Torah can only be shared from the treasure to one who recognizes that it is an absolute and free gift.

This is the meaning of the blessing, “You graciously endow man with knowledge and teach insight to a frail mortal.” All the other blessings begin with a request and conclude with an acknowledgment, save this blessing. Only a person who begins his study of Torah with full awareness that it comes only as a gift may request more. (Sefer haZechut -Rabbi Yechiel Meir Lifschitz)

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