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"Torah study is not like any other mitzvah"

Torah study is not like any other mitzvah.


I am within the subject and the subject is included within me.


The essence of other mitzvot is that I take something that is profane, I add something to it, and I thereby convert it into something holy.


In Divine worship (prayer) I do nothing of the sort.


When I offer up something, I do in a sense hallow it by sacrificing it, but I am not adding anything to it.


I am simply burning up the reality of its existence.


That is, I am not making it higher than it was; I am annihilating it.


As for Torah, I do not raise the Torah that I study nor can I make it less than it is.


In fact, it is only when I study (or obey) Torah that I raise my own soul. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From In the Beginning by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz