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Rav Shimshon Pincus - In A League Of Your Own
The Tanna D'bei Eliyahu Zuta (12) says that one would think that someone who learns a lot and someone who learns a little will both share the same reward in Olam Haba. However says the Tanna D'bei Eliyahu, that is not true. Each one will get exactly what they deserve. These words are mind boggling. Why would anyone think that the reward is not in proportion to the amount one learns?
Rav Shimshon Pincus answers that in this world the difference between the rich and the poor is somewhat limited if you look at the big picture. Both these people more or less lead the same kind of lives. They both sleep at night, eat a few times a day, and undergo their share of life's struggles. True a rich person can have a fancier car than the poorer one however they both need to get into a car to go somewhere. They both have bodies that can become weak or sick. In fact with all a rich man's money he can be confined to a meal of bread and water if the doctor orders.
The Tanna D'bei Eliyahu is telling us a fantastic Chiddush. Don't think that in Olam Haba everyone will live more or less under the same principles with some having it better than others. No, he says. Each persons existence will vary by a great many orders of magnitude depending on how much they learned. Each extra word of torah will launch a person into a new existence not comprehensible to a person who has not merited it. The reward for a word of torah is measured in worlds that a tzadik gets.
Indeed in Olam Haba, in the real world, we will not all be created equal. We will be planets apart with no common ground. It is up to you to create your own distinct reality based on, above all, how much torah you learn. Remember that every second and every word, counts!
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