Sunday, September 21, 2008

The humbility of Hashemness

Sometimes you have a great post, and no title. Sometimes you have a great title, and no post. Sometimes you have a great title, and a great post, and yet the two have absolutely nothing to do with each other. This post is one of those posts. Anyway, I felt that the title was so good that it would be a shame not to use it, so I suppose it'll have to do. Today's post was inspired by an argument I'm currently in the middle of regarding the infinity of Torah; I mentioned to my fellow arguer that this morning I had just learned a Maamar which dealt with this very issue, and that I'd be happy to write that little section up. The Maamar is "Lehavin Inyan Simchas Torah 1982", which can be found in the Hosafos of Toras Menachem. Here goes:

It's not possible to say that there can be a completion of the understanding and comprehension of the Torah, as it says in the verse (Job 11:9), "Longer than the earth is its measure, and wider than the sea," and as it says (Song of Songs 6:8), "There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and innumerable maidens," which is expounded, "And innumerable maidens-" these are the Halachos (they are innumerable). Even though the principles which have been revealed already have a defined sum (sixty queens-the sixty Mesechtos of the Talmud, and eighty concubines-the eighty Bereisos), the laws which can be derived from them are without number. These laws were also given at Sinai, at is says in the Talmud (Megilla 19, folio B), "All that a student will in the future innovate was given to Moses at Sinai."

First of all, go learn the Maamar, because if there's one Maamar you should learn this holiday season, it's this one, and secondly, the Torah truly is infinite.

In other news, tomorrow morning I'll be having all four of my wisdom teeth pulled. I would love to blog the event live, but unfortunately, I 1. don't have a laptop, and 2. will be out cold. So instead, I'll treat y'all to a sneak preview: AAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEE
Yup, it's gonna be fun.

3 comments:

S.Z.B. said...

what a ingenious title. did you think that one up all by yourself?

The Real Shliach said...

You tell me...

nemo said...

I loved getting my teeth pulled. Seriously, laughing gas is awesome ...

Oh, and the best part is that you'll get to look like a chipmunk for the next couple of days.

(There's some other fun surprises, but I guess you have to experience them. And, I wouldn't want to ruin the fun.)