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Acharei Mos/Kedoshim- A True Acquisition

Posted on ט׳ באייר ה׳תש״ע (April 23, 2010) | in Acharei Mot, Kedoshim | by

You shall rise in the presence of an old person and you shall honor the presence of an elder and you shall fear your God – I am God (19:32) The Talmud (Kedsuhin 32b) teaches that the Hebrew word for an older person (zaken) can actually be a conjugation of the word ze kana chachma/ one who has aquired wisdom. The Talmud precedes to discuss if one must rise for any old person or even one who is not wise. One opinon quoted is that one must stand in the presence of a Torah scholar, for he has surely acquired wisdom, regardless of his age. [One verse showing that wisdom means knowledge of Torah specifically is found here: The Torah of Hashem is perfect, restoring the soul; the teachings of Hashem are trustworthy, making wise the simple [Psalm 19:8]. Asks the Steipler Gaon (Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky), where did the Talmud get the idea that zaken means one who has acquired wisdom (Torah knowledge) The conjugation of zaken leaves no precedent for adding in the extra word!? Maybe the verse is referring to one who has acquired wealth or honor. He answers quite simply that there is only one true acquisition in this world: Torah knowledge. The talmud teaches: that If he acquires this, what does he lack? If he does not acquire this, what has he acquired? This is what they said in the West (Eretz Yisrael). He who has this within him, has everything within him. He who does not have this within him, what is within him?” (Nedarim 41a- The order of the words is changed) We cannot take our wealth with us. Only Torah and Mitzvos. They are the only real, internal acquistion. Good shabbos. Yaakov (From a shiur of Rav Shalom Rosner)

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