|Keter Shem Tov: 167: Focusing on God|
|Written by Bentzion of Medziboz|
The Baal Shem Tov taught: In our generations, which have very little understanding, we must strengthen ourselves in the awe of G·d, constantly focusing our thoughts in awe.
Even during study time, it is good to take out a few minutes every so often from one's studies in order to focus one's thoughts. And even though this seems to be at the expense of study time, on the contrary, study is not the goal [- the goal is action].1
1 The goal of Torah study is to bring one closer to G·d (see #155), and even in the Baal Shem Tov's time, study alone did not always achieve this purpose (see this translator's Visions of a Compassionate World [Urim Publications] II:9). And at the other end of the spectrum, the Talmud relates that those who spent nine hours a day in meditation and prayer were blessed to achieve in their studies with their little time left what took others an entire day (Berakhot 32b).
Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett and reprinted with the kind permission of the Baal Shem Tov Foundation. Please visit www.baalshemtov.com
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