Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Morning Kavvanah, 11/16/2010

In an effort to generate more interest in the daily minyan at Temple Israel, we are now serving a breakfast buffet afterwards.

Pirqei Avot 3:21:

אם אין קמח, אין תורה. אם אין תורה, אין קמח.
Im ein qemah, ein Torah. Im ein Torah, ein qemah.
No sustenance, no Torah. No Torah, no sustenance.

The rabbis understood that we need a balance of spiritual and physical nourishment to survive. We cannot learn the Torah without sustenance, and without the words of the Torah there will be no sustenance to be had.

Tefillah (prayer) is Torah study; I am grateful that we have something to eat after!

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