Treat your learning as an opportunity to look forward not back – from Steven Mills

Based on the words of Rabbi Malkiel Kotler
Rosh Yeshiva, Lakewood
Siyum HaShas, MetLife Stadium, New Jersey
14th Av 5772 / 1st August 2012
When we complete a tractate of Talmud, we say
הדרן עלך .. והדרך עלן
hadran alach … v’hadrach alan
we will return to you, and you will return to us
After such an achievement, why do we look forward to a time when we will return to the tractate?
Why not instead look back at what we have learnt?
Because when we learn, we are ‘digging foundations’ for our future learning.
When you build a skyscraper 100 storeys tall, you need deep foundations maybe 10 storeys deep.
You don’t celebrate when you’ve completed the foundations – that’s just the start.
In the same way we should always think of our learning as being preparation for future learning.
We should always be looking ahead, taking what we learn and building on it.


These daily lifts are inspired by Jonny Chippeck and dedicated to his ‘refuah shleimah’. Get well soon Jonny!

Please step up to the plate and contribute your own small nugget of Torah by sending back to me at The more people we have contributing, the higher this daily lift will go.  Keep them coming.

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