We can learn Torah with our minds only. Many people do. But that on its own won’t really fulfill the true reason for learning Torah. Yes, we need to learn in order to know how to fulfill the mitzvot. Yes, we need to learn in order to fulfill the daily mitzvah of learning Torah, but there are deeper reasons.
Rabbi Ibn Ezra, the great medieval commentator on the Torah said: the purpose of learning the Torah is to rectify the heart and thus come closer to God.
We need to ask the question, What do we mean by the heart? Some people consider it as the seat of feelings, some relate to it as simply an anatomical entity.Rabbi Ashlag unites both these approaches by telling us that the heart is actually our expression of our will or desire. Indeed when we get excited over something, our heart beats faster. When we are angry, we feel the blood throbbing in our ears.
Relating to our heart means relating to the true purpose of our lives
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