Monday, October 10, 2011

Off Track

"The Torah that Moshe commanded us" [Vezot HaBerachah 33:4]

The Chofetz Chaim entered the beis midrash and saw a group of students standing around, squandering away their precious time in an idle discussion.

"I would like to tell you boys a story" said the Chofetz Chaim.  "It is a story about a man who lost his mind and began to dismantle the railroad tracks that passed near his city."

"What are you doing?" people screamed.  "You are going to cause a terrible catastrophe."

"Why is that?" laughed the man.  "This railroad track is hundreds of miles long, and I am only removing several yards of it."

"The same applies to the Torah" concluded the Chofetz Chaim.  "The Torah has been transmitted to us from generation to generation.  One who wasted his time instead of studying is similar to the individual who removed several yards from an extremely long track."

"While he may have wasted only a short amount of time, the damage he will have caused will be very great indeed."

Source: Rabbi Yisrael Bronstein

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