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Pirkei Avos: "Chaval" To Take It With You

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Pirkei Avos: "Chaval" To Take It With You
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The Mishna (2:2) says any Torah that has no work with it will become null and void. The Maharam Shick says that this means a person must learn Torah in place where he can "work" with the people. He can apply his torah to influence people and teach them torah as well. If he learns in isolation with no connection to the others, warns the Mishna, when he dies all his learning will go down with him. But if he uses it to influence others, even when he dies his torah will live on.

This reflects an idea of the Chasam Sofer, he says. Avrohom's legacy lived on because of his work and toil to teach the world about Hashem. Chanoch on the other hand lived a pure and holy life but in solitude. Therefore when Chanoch died the pasuk says in Parshas Bereishis (5:24) "V'Einenu" he was no longer because everything he learned and accomplished disappeared with him.

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