Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ponderings of the Perkei Avot 2:2

RaYBaSH’s Ponderings of the Perkei Avot
Chapter 2:2
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr

Rabban Gamliel the son of Rabbi Judah HaNassi would say: Beautiful is the study of Torah with the way of the world, for the toil of them both causes sin to be forgotten. Ultimately, all Torah study that is not accompanied with work is destined to cease and to cause sin.

They say idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

I say this is true, for Rav Sha’ul (Apostle Paul), Gamliel’s talmid (student) took his advice and was not only a Rabbi but a Tallit (Tent/Prayer Shawl) maker as well.

ACTS 18:3 And because he (Rav Sha’ul) was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

The goal is two fold:

1.    BE so busy you haven’t the time to sin.
2.    A secular job will allow you to readily put into practice what you’ve learned in Torah.

Is it any wonder we see so many Christian “full time” ministers caught is money or sex scandals?

-- Yehudah ben Shomeyr