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"Birchas HaTorah" - Comments

1 Rav Gav on 2010 11 22

Shkoyach for some beautiful insights into Birchas HaTorah.
May I share with you a short insight I heard from a great Rav here in South Africa who was a talmid of the Chofetz Chaim zt"l?  His name was Rav Yermiya Aloy zt"l.
He said he heard the Chofetz Chaim once ask, why do we say the Brocha of “asher natan lanu Torat Emet” after we read from the Torah? Surely we should say it before - because there is no greater praise than the fact that is True?
The Chofetz Chaim answered it by giving analogy of opening a gift. He said, first you thank the Giver for His generosity (Asher bachar banu mikol ha’amim venatan lanu et Torato), then you open the gift and inspect it and afterwards you praise the gift (asher natan lanu Torat Emet).
I love that idea and I think of it every time I get an aliya in Shul.
Thanks again.

2 Tzvi Haber on 2010 11 23

Yasher koyach - Beautiful!

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