Section: Avodah Category: Olam HaTorah
|Skulener Rebbe: Adapting The Torah For Modern Times|
The Skulener Rebbe, Rav Eliezer Zusya Portugal said that the Apikursim say the Torah is outdated. It was written for a time that has long gone by. The world has progressed and the Torah was only appropriate in the olden days. The truth is that the Torah was given by Hashem who not only knew the future, but shaped and sculpted history from the beginning to the end of time. His blueprint? The Torah!
Torah is made for every generation and each generation has it own challenge. The Torah was never in vogue in any generation, and has been so-called outdated since the day it was given. It is our job to find the relevancy of Torah in our lives, and not for us to measure the Torah's compatibility within today's society. We shape our lives from the Torah's point of view and then build the rest around it.
When we come to Shamayim they will ask us Kavata Itim LaTorah (Shabbos 31a). Simply this means did you set aside time for the Torah? The Skulener Rebbe says that we can interpret this B'Derech Drush to mean that they will ask us, did you set your time and your lifestyle to be compatible and relevant for Torah even in your modern sophisticated society. The Torah is a Torah for all Itim for all times, but did you not get it?