Every believer desires to grow in the knowledge of HaShem and His Messiah. The first Psalm tells us that if we will delight in the Torah and meditate upon it, we will grow like a tree planted by a river.
In the religious world today, one often hears the mantra, “God is doing a new thing!” This catchphrase is usually offered to explain the latest popular fad or charismatic CHRISTIAN wave to wash up on the shallow shores of modernity.
We believe that “God is doing an old thing!” God never changes, and is pouring out the same message He has always delivered through his Holy Prophets, Return to My Torah. Obey My Commandments!
Many believers in Messiah, Jewish and Converts alike, are feeling a deep longing to return to the biblically-observant lifestyle founded in the Torah.
Why? is this? The Scriptures say, Now it will come about that in the last days… many people will come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of HaShem, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths. For the Torah will go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2?3)
Quantifying Torah. Study Can the time for the obligation of Torah study be quantified? It cannot. The time of each person’s obligation of Torah study is different, and varies according to personal circumstances.
The unique thing about Torah study is that it is a never-ending mitzvah. A Jew can never claim to have finished studying Torah, for there is really no end to the number of ideas that the Torah includes.
In addition, the purpose of studying Torah is not merely to know how to behave and how to view the world; rather, the act of study itself is considered a most elevated mitzvah (knowing the character of HaShem).
In the act of studying the Torah, a person engages with the Divine word itself, bonding him with HaShem to a greater degree than all other mitzvos (Derech Hashem, Part 1, Chap. 4, no. 9). Therefore, unlike other mitzvot that are bound by time, place, and person, the mitzvah of Torah study is universal, applying to all Israelites, at all times, and in all places.
Reflecting the unbounded nature of the Torah, the Rambam explains that the obligation to study Torah never wanes: “Until what age is one obligated to study Torah? Until the day one dies, as the verse states: ‘Lest they [the words of the Torah] leave your heart all the days of your life.’ And when one does not study, one forgets” (Torah Study 1:10).
The Rambam adds: “Every Jew—rich or poor, healthy or sick, young or very old and weak—is obligated to study Torah. Even a destitute person who lives off charity and goes begging from door to door, or a husband and father of children, must set fixed times, day and night, for studying Torah, as the verse states: ‘You must meditate upon it day and night.’”
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