As most are aware, Judaism has a rich history throughout Europe, both good and bad. God has protected a remnant of Jews through the Holocaust, Pogroms, the Inquisition, and numerous other expulsions and tragedies all across Europe. Even today, there is a boisterous and growing anti-Semitic spirit ever present. It is in this same part
Rabbi Tarfon used to say, “If you have studied much in the Torah, much reward will be given you for faithful is your employer who shall pay you the reward of your labor. And know that the reward for the righteous shall be in the time to come,” (m.Avot 2:21)
Sometimes we may wonder how our sages derive teachings such as this. Where do concepts like these stem from? Are they made up out of thin air or do they have some root in the Scriptures? First, the Scriptures are filled with the principle of reward and punishment. The righteous will be rewarded, and the wicked will suffer punishment. In our present case, the principle of reward is connected to the study of Torah.
There is a constant bombardment for a person’s attention in New York City. Art, cuisine, fashion and activism, New York is also home to nearly 100,000 charitable organiza- tions. A person walking along the street is accosted by billboards and other signage about what to buy, how to vote, what to watch, and who to be. Not to mention phone, tablet and computer screens.