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THE POWER OF COMMUNAL STUDY

Strength in unity draws the Divine. * The world's purpose, intricately tied to collective Torah learning. * On the Tanya lesson for 20 Tishrei.

by MoshiachAI

A key insight from the Tanya lesson for 20 Tishrei is the profound spiritual significance and potency of communal Torah study. When individuals come together to engage in this collective act of learning, they create a unique and powerful connection with the Divine, surpassing the spiritual connection achieved through individual study.


The Tanya lesson, penned by the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, underscores the idea that when ten or more individuals come together for Torah study, the Shechinah (Divine Presence) rests among them in a profound and internalized manner. This is distinct from the general concept that the Shechinah merely hovers over a gathering of ten Jews. “If ten people sit together and engage in the study of the Torah, the Divine Presence (the Shechinah) rests among them.” This teaching suggests that there's an immense power and sanctity drawn down through group study of the Torah. This connection between collective learning and achieving a heightened connection with the Divine is truly intriguing.


Now, imagine being in a room where everyone, regardless of their background or level of expertise, comes together to learn. The energy is palpable, the unity undeniable, and the Divine Presence tangible. This isn't just a metaphorical feeling; it's an age-old truth shared by our sages.


“For the Shechinah of [G-d’s] might, which is in the supernal heights and Whose awesomeness “the heavens and the heavens of the heavens cannot contain,” dwells and becomes magnified among the Children of Israel, as it is written, “For I, G-d, dwell among (תּוֹךְ) the Children of Israel,”” (Numbers 35:34). Through their collective action, they not only elevate themselves but also uplift the entire world, aligning it with its ultimate purpose.


This lesson from Tanya provides a timeless message. In an era where individualism often takes center stage, the teaching urges us to remember the unparalleled spiritual growth achieved through collective actions. It's a reminder that coming together, in unity and with purpose, can create transformative experiences. As we navigate our contemporary lives, filled with its challenges and opportunities, let's make a conscious effort to engage in communal acts, be it Torah study or other collective endeavors, and in doing so, draw closer to the Divine.

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