First, an update on Sidur Eilu D’vareinu, the sidur that I have been working on since June: Finals over, I am now deep in the throes of draft five. Many changes are afoot, due largely in part to the serious thought I have forced myself to put into writing through the Lone Star Sidur Project.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the portion of Shacharit that deals with Torah study. I determined at some point that I would examine the actual texts that we are intended to study in this section in their natural habitat. The quote from Torah? Check. It’s good. The quote from Mishnah? Check. Tov m’od. The one from Gemera? Hold the phone. Not so good.
As it turns out, this is not a quote! It is an amalgamation of the similar statements that two separate Rabbis make on page 127a (that’s 127a for those of you playing along at home with your Schottenstein edition).
I suggest as a replacement, the two actual sayings of the Rabbis being “quoted” in the sidur:
שִׁשָּׁה דְבָרִים אָדָם אוֹכֵל פֵּרוֹתֵיהֶם בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְהַקּֽרֶן קַיּֽימֶת לוֹ לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא וְאֵֽלּוּ הֵן: הַכְנָסַת אוֹרְחִים, וּבִקּוּר חוֹלִים, וְעִיוּן תְּפִלָּה, וְהַשְׁכָּמַת בֵּית הַמִּדְרָשׁ, וְהַמְגַדֵּל בָּנָיו לְתַלְמוּד תּוֹרָה, וְהַדָּן אֶת חֲבֵרוֹ לְכַף זְכוּת.
אֵלּוּ דְבָרִים שֶׁאָדָם עוֹשֶׂה אוֹתָם וְאוֹכֵל פֵּרוֹתֵיהֶם בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְהַקּֽרֶן קַיֶּימֶת לוֹ לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא וְאֵֽלּוּ הֵן: כִּבּוּד אָב וָאֵם, וּגְמִילוּת חֲסָדִים, וַהֲבָאַת שָׁלוֹם שֶׁבֵּין אָדָם לַחֲבֵרוֹ, וְתַלְמוּד תּוֹרָה כְּנֽגֶד כֻּלָּם.
These are six things, the fruits of which a man may enjoy in this world, but the principal reward for which remains in the world to come: Welcoming the stranger, visiting the sick, concentrated prayer, rising early to visit the house of study, and raising children learned in Torah, and judging a friend fairly.
These are things, which a man does, the fruits of which a man may enjoy in this world, but the principal reward for which remains in the world to come: Respecting one’s father and mother, acts of kindness, bringing peace between a man and his friend, but the study of Torah is equal to all of these.