Hei Iyar, 5775
Stress is Also a Good Thing
We just had a few stressful weeks go by. Preparing our homes for Pesach and making sure no chometz is in our midst was quite an ordeal. In truth we have stressful days during the year to. We come home and want to just unwind from our day's work. How can we now learn with a Chavrusa or go to the shiur down the block?!
We see in Koheles, a new perspective that can help us in this quandary: "(חכמה שלמדתי באף, עמדה לי (קהלת ב, ט" (My wisdom that I studied with anger stood for me*). The Yalkut Shimoni (קהלת רמז תתקסח) explains this to mean that "the wisdom which I learned in anger, this is what stood for me".
The Frierdiker Rebbe says it very simply (Likkutei Dibburim Volume 1 Page 126): When a person arrives at home in the evening being spent and toiled from his day at work; baked from the sun or frozen from the cold; and he keeps to his shiurim - then the holy Torah itself will arouse compassion on him and his family.
*The translation of "עמדה" may not be the most basic understanding of this posuk however the word "עמדה" does imply stood as can be deduced from Makos 10a on the explanation of the posuk עומדות היו רגלינו.