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Section:  Avodah   Category: Innocent Observations
Rav Shach's New Years Resolution
I once heard something to the effect that during the week of Shavuos Rav Shach would look as serious and intense as in the days of Elul and Aseres Yimei Tshuva.  While Rosh Hashana is the day that our lives are all the events that happen to us are determined for the following year, Shavuos is the day that we are judged and in Shamayim they determine how much Torah we will be allotted for the following year.  For someone like  Rav Shach who breathed Torah and his whole life depended on it, Shavuos was a very big day for him.

"V'Sein Chelkeinu B'Sorasecha" please give us our portion of Torah is the Tefila constantly on our lips.  It is the reason we eat, the reason we work, the reason we sleep.  All of these time consuming events are all just so that we can sit down and learn torah with a sound mind and sound body.  Shavuos is a very important day for all of us whether we are Roshei Yeshiva, Yeshiva Bochurim, laymen, or even housewives.  It is the day that will determine not only our lot in this world, but also our portion in Olam Haba.

Just like before Rosh Hashana we make all sorts of Kabalos and resolutions to change our ways and appease Hashem so that He writes us down for a "big" year, on Shavuos we should be as eager to please Him so that on this fateful day we will be granted the time to learn, the peace of mind to learn, the patience to learn, and the ability to understand and retain the Torah we have learned.

We all carve out time in our schedules for learning.  Surely we always yearn for more time and in a perfect world we'd make a resolution and keep it for more than a a few days or weeks.  Here is another idea that cuts to the heart of the matter, Ameilus BaTorah.  Working hard and applying ourselves.  We can all up our level of learning one notch no matter who we are.  Whether it means trying to figure out something for ourselves at least once a day in addition to listening to a shiur. Or if it means not just skip over something you don't understand, maybe go back for a second look with a little more concentration.   Or possibly asking questions if you don't understand.  Or learning one level deeper, maybe one Tosfos a day.  Or sending your husband to go learn even if it means extra work for you in his absence.

This year let's make a commitment to quality each of us on our own level.  Let's make an effort to toil just a little more than we normally do.  It won't even cost you more time, but it will give you more quality time.  Let's promise to be better this year so that on Shavuos day when our fate hangs in the balance we are zocheh to a large Cheilek of Torah for us to toil and delight in the entire year.  May Hashem grant us all a sweet new year!
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