By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The gemara in Nazir, daf chof gimmel, amud bais and Sanhedrin, daf kuf heh, amud bais and in Horiyus, daf yud gimel, amud bais quotes Rav Yehuda in the name of Rav that one should learn Torah and do mitzvos even if it is not done lishma because the act that was not lishma will end up being lishma. We find that in the z’chus of the forty two korbanos that Balak brough
The gemara says that the reason shelo lishma is okay is because one will reach lishma eventually, yet we see that Balak never reached lishma. How was he then zocheh to having such a wonderful reward of Rus as his descendant?
The gemara in Sota, daf chof alef, amud alef says that the Torah protects a person. The gemara in Sukka, daf nun bais and in Kiddushin, daf lamed, amud bais it says that Hashem created the Yetzer Hora, but Hashem created the Torah as an antidote.
The Mesilas Yesharim in Perek
What happens if a person learns Torah, but it is shelo lishma. Will it help against the Yetzer Hora or not?
The velt interprets the gemara of mitoch shelo lishma ba lishma as meaning that a person who learns shelo lishma will eventually learn lishma. From the first question mentioned above we see that the ba lishma does not necessarily mean the person himself gets there; it could be future offspring, like Rus, who did mitzvos lishma and Balak h
There is a machlokes between the Divrei Shaul in Megillah, daf yud ches, amud alef and the Nefesh HaChaim concerning someone who learned his whole life shelo lishma. Was he mekayem the mitzvah of limu
The Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh in Parshas Bechukosai seems to be contradicting himself. In the beginning of the parsha the OhrHachaim says that if you learn shelo lishma the Torah s
May we all be zocheh to learn lishma, and even if it is shelo lishma, it should be not be “lekanter.”