Is it proper for a yeshiva man to play ball bein hazmanim?
When we come to the subject what to do bein hazmanim, first and foremost for him is to consolidate all that he learned during the zman. The truth is, if he doesn’t review, then it’s going to evaporate. It goes lost and that’s a great pity. These weeks that he has leisure, he should sit down and review everything that he learned, even b’shitchiyus, even superficially. He should go through the gemara and know at least the gemara well, even though he doesn’t remember the shiurim his rebbi said. Bein hazmanim is a glorious opportunity. Otherwise, next time you’ll learn the same mesichta, it’ll be almost like a new mesichta.
Now, of course exercise is very good. What kind of exercise, I’m not going to tell you. Everybody, especially young people, when they get some exercise, it’s worthwhile. But don’t make the error of letting the time go away on bitul zman. Bein hazmanim, that’s a time for chazara, not for playing ball. And if you’ll utilize your time properly, you’ll never be sorry. You’ll look back on your life and see that what you learned, you consolidated and it remains forever. It’s a tragedy to work so hard on your learning and it all evaporates, nothing remains.
TAPE # E-55