Hei Iyar, 5774
How to Escape From Prison
In Judaism, one of the most precious and greatest Mitzvos a Jew can be a part of is Pidyon Shvuim (redemption of prisoners). When we contemplate what prisoners inevitably endure in jail, we are filled with empathy for them. The suffering, the tribulations, the limitations....
Keeping that in mind, how would you feel if one day somebody turned to you and told you that you are in prison?
When a Jew has the opportunity to learn Torah and doesn't do so, his neshama feels it. He feels lousy for he wants to learn Torah but is unable to fully express and carry out his wishes. It's a challenge which he constantly strives to overcome, an obstacle which he attempts to jump over (l’chatchila ariber!), but breaking free is not easy. Aren't we essentially in prison when we can’t implement our ideals?
Chassidus teaches us that we need to take our personal inspiration into our own personal hands. Thousands of pages in Chassidus send us a message that is loud and clear: “Torah is the true pleasure, gratification, and satisfaction of the soul in this world.” With this knowledge at the front of our minds, we can break out of our personal jails and immerse ourselves in the free world of Limmud Torah.
Developed by Rabbi Menachem Chuzhin