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Section:  Avodah   Category: 48 Kinyanei Torah
Kinyan 27 Siyag L'Dvarav - Rav Amram's House Was On Fire, Is Yours?
The gemara (Kedushin 81a) tells the story of the great and pious Rav Amram Chasida.  Captive women were redeemed and brought to the city of Naharda'a. They were taken to the house of Rav Amram the Chasid.  He put them in the attic and the heavy ladder was removed to assure that there was no way to ascend. As one of the women passed by the opening between the attic and the house, a light fell on the house, illuminating the face of one woman. Rav Amram alone seized the ladder, which ten men could not raise and proceeded to ascend. When he had gone half way up the ladder, he set firm his feet and cried out, "A fire at Rav Amram's house!" so that people would come to extinguish the fire, embarrassing himself and preventing any possible of sin.

The Baalei Mussar say that a Tzaddik is not someone who can laugh in the face of the Yetzer Hara.  That is a Malach.  They Yetzer Hara is far more powerful than we are.  It is not advisable to challenge him because you won't win.  Dovid HaMelech asked Hashem to challenge him and even he failed.  A tzaddik is someone who runs far away from the Yetzer Hara leaving a trail of barricades and obstacles behind him and then davens to Hashem that the Yetzer Hara shouldn't catch him.  Even the great Rav Amram who placed great barricades between him and sin, once seized by the Yetzer Hara, was basically powerless. 

The greatest mitzva a man can do is to learn Torah, every word so precious.  The Yetzer Hara will bring a hundred mitzvos your way as long as he can get you to stop learning.  He will give you superhuman strength to accomplish great things if you promise to close the gemara.

How do we fight him?  We create barriers.  We all open up a sefer in our house with great aspirations.  Does a minute go by without a distractions?  Mitzva opportunities?  Sholom Bayis demands?  "Shivti B'Vais Hashem Kol Yimei Chayai."  If Rav Amram had one fire in his house, we have dozens.  Run to the Bais Medrash our house of refuge.  Now you are a bit safer... but only if you leave your favorite communication device behind.  "Lachzos BiNoam Hashem", then we can focus on looking at the beauty of Hashem on every single daf.

Oseh Siyag L'Dvarav.  When you create a setting where you are far removed from temptation only then can you be Koneh Torah.



hayai."
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