The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 5 February 2005 / 26 Shevat 5765

Getting High on Torah

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

How do you celebrate the discovery of a new insight in Torah?

Rabbi Yehuda Albin, the Ohr Somayach representative in Chicago, has taught a great deal of Torah to Jews in his community. But for twenty years he has been struggling himself for a deeper understanding of one chapter in the Torah.

When he finally achieved his goal the other week, he invited some of his study partners to a "lechayim" with cake and drinks. The resolution of a twenty-year old problem, he declares, must be celebrated with twenty-year old Scotch which he dutifully brought to class.

His students were quite impressed. "The cake was sweet and the Scotch was a high," concluded Rabbi Albin in his letter to us, "but what was best was the simcha at discovering something new in Torah."

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