TO LOVE THE TORAH
THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF PRAYER IN LEARNING
- Another key to success in learning Torah is to ask Hashem for
it – you can ask him that you should be able to learn, whether it
is the time or the natural inclination you think you are lacking.
You can also ask Him to help you understand a particular
Gemara that you are trying to learn.
- In several places in our daily prayers our Sages included
prayers for learning: In the morning we say נא והערב…. in the
התורה ברכת: ‘Make pleasant the words of Your Torah…’, in the
blessings before Shema: רבה אהבה in the morning, and עולם ת אהב
in the evening prayers, חונן אתה and השיבנו in Shemone Esre.
When saying these prayers a person should beg Hashem to make
him want learn, to help him enjoy learning, to enable him to
learn diligently, to let him understand what he learns, to make it
easy for him to remember what he learns, and anything else he
needs to learn Torah.
- It is advisable to daven to Hashem at other times as well –
your own personal prayers. In your own words and at any time
you want, you can always ask Him to help you learn Torah and
to enjoy the learning.
Another place in the mandatory daily prayers where one can ask
about Torah is at the end of Shemone Esre, before the last יהי
לרצון. There one may also insert personal prayers, as many and
as detailed as one wishes to.
- Know that tefilla, prayer, is a very powerful force. The Chazon
Ish wrote that a person has to know that sincere prayers can
change every situation in life for the better.
- In the Gemara it says that in order to learn Torah successfully
there are two essential requirements: To work hard, and to
daven. To daven to Hashem for success is as necessary as it is to
put effort into your studies.
- Hashem listens to all our prayers. He hears your prayers and
accepts them and gives you what you ask for. Moreover, the
actual prayer itself also unites you with your Creator. Tefilla
forms a link which very effectively unites your soul with Hashem,
and, as we mentioned earlier, the closer a person feels to
Hashem the more successful will he be when he learns Torah.