Short Vort

Rabbi Flam wrote for Jemsem for several years. His sudden petirah has left us devastated. We are leaving his column and archives up for you to view, think about, and grow from…L’ilui Nishmaso.

Pirkei Avos 3:8

“One who walks on the road while reviewing Torah ”

“One who walks on the road while reviewing Torah, and interrupts his learning and says ‘How beautiful is this tree…’, he bears guilt for his soul.”

“Wouldn’t it be better for me to pray when I feel like it, rather than be dictated by a specific time etc??”

There are many answers to that question, but based on a thought I saw from Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski on Avos 3:8, I would say the following: Before the Torah was given, people attained closeness to Hashem based on their emotions and intellect. Once we received the Torah and the Mitzvos, they became the vehicle that brings us to Hashem. (Of course we must use our intellect and emotions in our service of Hashem, but the Torah is the foundation.)