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Berachos 032: Four activities which require strengthening
Alain Eliahu Sportiche asks:
"There are four activities which require strengthening: Torah
(study), good deeds, prayer, and livelihood."
What are the priorities, how much time should be devoted to each activity?
Alain Eliahu Sportiche, Paris, France
The Kollel replies*:
The Talmud here is simply informing us of a reality that these four
activities will naturally weaken if we don't strengthen them in the
same way that our muscles weaken if we don't excercise them. How
much excercise does a person need? If he's in bad shape he needs a
lot. If he's in good shape he needs a program of maintenance which
takes less time. The same is true here: if he's strong in one of these areas
he just needs a maintenance program. If he's week in a particular
area he needs more of a development program. And, of course, in
deciding which one to do devote time and energy to he should choose
the area that he is weakest in.