Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Physical indulgence counters the acquisition of wisdom. However, the expression “limited pleasure” implies that some pleasure is acceptable.
Although the Rabbis extolled the virtue of a life of “bread and salt” in Baraita 4, the benefit arises only if the deprivations are necessary in order to learn Torah and only if there is no other alternative. There is no benefit to be had if he can continue to learn without giving up normal comforts. On the other hand, he should avoid extra phyiscl pleasures, for that goes against the nature of Torah, and that is the practice of limited pleasure.
Dedicated to Amy Magnusson