Like the First Time

The Sages (Talmud Yoma 29a) tell us that it is more difficult to understand an idea we already know than one that is new to us.  This is because we feel we already understand it and do not concentrate on it as much as we should.  Therefore, the Sages have advised us to view Torah concepts as if they were new.  We should reflect on those ideas as if this were the first time we heard them.  This way we will utilize our present intellect to understand them and will not rely on the level of understanding we had when we were younger and less mature. ~ R’ Simcha Zissel of Ziv zt”l

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