Mitzvos of Learning and Teaching
19: Associating with Torah Scholars
Cling to Him. (Devarim 10:20)
Our Sages teach that the command to cling to Hashem is carried out by
associating with Torah scholars.
This mitzvah includes:
• Marry the daughter of a talmid chacham and marry
off your daughter to one (Kesubos 11b).
• Eat with them, help them, and interact with them
as much as possible (ibid.).
• Absorb their words thirstily (Avos 1:6).
Those who walk (or carpool) with Sages become
wise (Mishlei 13:20).
One of the greatest methods for succeeding in life is
to “connect oneself to a rebbe and acquire good
friends” (Avos 1:6). Similarly, we are encouraged “to
make your home a meeting place for sages, cling to
them, and drink their words with thirst” (Avos 1:4).
Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.