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Section:  Avodah   Category: 48 Kinyanei Torah
Kinyan 21 Erech Apayim - Was Rav Preida The Most Patient Person In The Room?
Rav Preida had a Talmid to whom he needed to explain everything 400 times until he finally understood.  One time Rav Preida told the talmid that he would need to leave to do a dvar mitzva.  After going over what they learned 400 times, the talmid still did not understand since he had lost his concentration when Rav Preida told him he would need to leave.  Rav Preida then taught him another 400 times and was rewarded for this from Shamayim, handsomely (Eiruvin 54b).

I recently saw one of the Baalei Mussar say that while Rav Preida's patience was incredible, he cannot fathom the unbelievable patience of the talmid who listened 400 times until he finally understood what was taught.  While the teacher needs patience for his audience, people forget that it takes a great deal of patience for a person to listen to someone explaining something that they don't understand.

We live in a generation of fast paced action and sound bytes.  Every limud has concise books where you can learn it all in a nutshell.  The Torah however does not change with the times.  To be koneh torah, you need to do it the old fashioned way.  You need to be patient and do all the hard work, slowly.  You need to have patience to listen to the older generation to slowly and deliberately get their message out if you want to be the next link in our great mesora from Har Sinai.
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Anonymous, 2010-04-20 03:34:49
Rav Chaim Shmulevitz zt"l asked, why wasn't it bitul Torah for Rav Preida? He answered that Rav Preida used this as an opportunity to work on the mida of patience. As a result of this Rav Preida was zoche to live 400 years (and therefore any "bitul Torah" was rectified). We learn from here that a person will never loose by working on this mida. (Sichos Mussar 5733:15, 29)

In addition, I saw (but can find) in Rav Chaim Shlmulevitz's name that the praise is for Rav Preida and not the talmid because the talmid wouldn't have had the patience to listen 400 times if he wouldn't have had such a great Rebbi.

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