"My Talk At ULY" From the Desk of Rabbi Browd Hei Shvat, 5773
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to one of the 8th grade classes in United Lubavitcher Yeshivos. I was asked to speak about learning, to explain the Maalos, and to encourage the bochurim to do more of it, even out of Yeshiva. I chose to bring it up by speaking about “Taavos.”
Here are some of the things I spoke about:
Believe it or not, learning is a big Taava for human beings. Yes, it’s true. Many think of a “Taava” as something inherently physical, something that is forbidden in one form or another, something that can and should be pushed off. Foods, reading a good book, taking a hike, sleeping late-all of these are Taavos we’re aware of. However, these are all Taavos that anyone, or anything, can have. Even animals have desires for certain foods and pleasures. The one thing they never have a Taava for is learning, because learning requires a “kop.” It may not be a “bad” Taava, but it is a Taava nevertheless, and like any Taava, it has to be developed and experienced for it to truly take hold.
In this way, it’s similar to skiing.