Dora Bas Rivka Silver O'H
Classic derech ha-limud/pedagogy of Yeshivas
Shiur #24 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.
Content Description: “Bimakom she-libo chofetz.” Biur HaGra on Mishlei 17:24 – the highest level of learning is that we intend simply to fulfill Hashem’s Will, which is that we engage in learning. Discussion of the focus in yeshivas on giving the students a ‘geshmak’ for learning, as opposed to halachah lema’aseh. Klal Yisroel has changed learning from a purely spiritual endeavor into an almost visceral enjoyment (which parallels Toras Hashem versus Toraso). Competition and excitement is important at the earlier levels of one’s development.
Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Gemara Avodah Zarah 19a with Maharsha and Ben Yehoyada, found in the source packet on pages 1-2.