Section: Avodah Category: 48 Kinyanei Torah
|Kinyan 26 Samei'ach B'Chelko - Changing Our World One Daf At A Time|
|The Chofetz Chaim said that when he was younger he wanted to change the world. When he saw he wasn't getting anywhere he decided he will just change the people in his town. Later he realized it would suffice him to change his own family. At the end he finally came to the conclusion that he would be a great success if he could manage to change himself. With this approach he did manage to change the world, forever!|
Rav Yisroel Salanter was known to have said that every Yid wants to be a Talmid Chochom and know the entire Shas but... he wants to do it in one day and... on that day he wants to sleep eight hours.
V'Sein Chelkeinu B'Sorasecha" We daven to Hashem every day to give us our share of Torah. Rav Chaim Volozhin says that Sameai'ach B'Chelko in this mishna refers to being happy with our portion of torah. It means not being greedy and overly ambitious and trying to learn faster or more than you are capable of. The Sha'agas Aryeh did not set out to be able to review the entire Shas in an hour, so neither should we.
The Klausenberger Rebbe said that as a boy he was more successful than his friends in learning because they made big plans at the beginning of each Zman. Upon hearing this the Yetzer Hara geared up for a big battle to stop them. He merely hoped to learn well the next day. The Yetzer Hara didn't bother with small fry like him.
The gemara says in Avoda Zara (19a), "V'kovetz Al Yad Yirbeh" Rashi says if you gather a little at a time you, you will amass a small fortune. But if you try to grab too much in one bite, you will end up with nothing.
Just like the Chofetz Chaim, you can change your world if you chart a course that considers one small Daf at a time. Then together or maybe even alone we will change the world.