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Section:  Avodah   Category: 48 Kinyanei Torah
Kinyan 24 Kabalas Yisurin - A Very Painful Good Bye
The Medrash Shmuel points out that the Mishna does not say "Yisurin" but rather "Kabalas HaYisurin".  The latter meaning not pain that finds you, but rather pain that you have taken upon yourself.  Why take pain upon yourself, what is the point?

A person is controlled on one hand by his earthly desires for pleasure and also by his Neshama's intellectual quest to strive higher.  The body however is a much closer friend by virtue of precedence from birth, home field advantage here on earth, and the fact that it always makes its presence felt.  To develop a closeness with our intellectual and spiritual side we need to separate from the entanglement with earthly pleasure to even begin to sense our other side.

The Gemara Brachos (8a) says that a painful departure for the neshama at the time of death is like pulling thorns out of wool.  Since they are entangled it will tear up the wool when trying to separate.  Misas Neshika is like taking a piece of hair out of milk.  It is easy to separate and remove. The Tzel HaKesef explains that if we have soiled our neshamos with a desire for mundane pleasure and it has become intertwined with our physical side, when it is time for it to go back to Shamayim it will do so reluctantly, and the process of separation will cause all sorts of damage.  But if our Neshamos have been kept pristine and is always seeking ruchniyus, when it gets the call on that fateful day, it will fly up happily and easily.

Learning torah requires us to pull ourselves away from many activities that are screaming for our attention.  It requires us to forego inappropriate conversations and relationships with people who will stymie our torah growth.  It requires us to force our head to remain in the gemara rather than the literature across the table.  It requires keeping our body in its seat in Bais Medrash rather than a hundred other places it would rather be.  It requires us to say no and separate many times every day, from our nearest and dearest friend.  How painful!  But if we can bear this gruesome pain we will one day become talmidei chachomim.  And pave the way for a quick and painless flight back home.
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