Rav Avigdor Miller on Thinking Along With Hashem

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Q: How important is learning Torah?

A: How important is it to have a mind?! Torah means a mind. I’ll explain that. The Chovos Halevovos says that “hamachshava nimsheches achar hadibur” – a man’s thoughts follow after the way that he talks. If you talk polite words, you’ll think politely. If you talk “lashon shel kavod” you will think thoughts of kavod. And most important, if you talk the words of Hashem, you will think the thoughts of Hashem. It’s so important to think the thoughts of Hashem and when you say divrei Torah you are expressing the thoughts of Hashem. There’s nothing bigger than that. You’ve thinking along with Hashem. And that’s why “talmud Torah k’neged kulam.” Even when you’re just saying the mishnah of “Arbah Avos Nezikin,” you’re thinking about noble ideas – it’s tremendous! There are no thoughts in the world that are more noble than the thoughts of Hashem. Hashem is telling you: you’re responsible for damage done to somebody else’s property. That’s what Hashem is thinking – “Don’t damage your fellow’s property.” If your cat went into somebody’s field and did damage to it, you’re responsible for that. “Well,” you say, “A cat? A cat is not written in the Mishnah. It says “ha’shor.” No, a shor is a binyan av for all animals. So if your cat or your dog went into someone’s property and did damage, you have to pay for it. And you get that idea into your head and you internalize the thought: “I have to pay for damage that my animal caused,” and now you’re thinking like Hashem thinks. And the Mishnah continues, “Vi’habor [and a pit]. So you think, “Oh, of course. I’m not going to make a hole in the street for people to fall into”. But you’re sitting here, in the shul, and your foot is sticking out into the aisle. You weren’t careful. And now somebody can trip over your foot. That’s a “bor bi’reshus ha’rabim.” That’s a real “bor.” While you’re learning, you’re thinking: “I have to keep my foot inside so that nobody should stumble over it.” So you’re thinking like Hakodosh Boruch Hu thinks! And that is true for every detail of Torah that you learn.

“Oh,” Hakodosh Boruch Hu says, “That’s what I meant when I said, “Anochi Hashem Elokecha,” – “I am Hashem.” What does Hashem mean to tell us in the first of the Aseres Ha’dibros? What does it mean “Anochi Hashem?” It means, “Be like me.” Be like me, think like me.” And when you learn Torah, you’re thinking like Hakodosh Boruch Hu.
TAPE #999