Let My People Know

"If there is no connection, there is no communion"


Religiously speaking, study has a dual function. 

One is that you have to know what the subjects are all about. 

The other is that study is in many ways a communion. 

Doing mathematics is not a communion even if you are doing the same thing. 

Eating a wafer is not participating in a Catholic mass. 

I myself eat lots of wafers without ever doing so. 

It is the same with drinking wine. 

The point is the connection and the communion. 

If there is no connection, there is no communion. 

That is the point of studying Torah. 

One part is the context; the other is the very act of doing it. 

A part of it is what you know about and a part is the fact that you participate. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From We Jews by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz