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234. Who Ceases Words of Torah and Engages in Conversation

Adar Aleph 1940, on the way to Gaza

“Who ceases words of Torah and engages in conversation is fed coals of broom.” This means that when one engages in Torah and does not stop, the Torah is considered for him a blazing flame that burns the evil inclination, and he can then continue with his work. However, if he stops in the midst of his study, even if he soon starts anew, the Torah for him is already like coals of broom. This means that it can no longer burn the evil inclination, and the taste of Torah is spoiled for him, and he must cease his work. Hence, when he returns to his study, he must take note that he will resolve to never again cease in the midst of his study. And through the decision for the future, the blazing flame of the Torah will reignite.

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