Shavua Tov. In today’s Parsha, we have an explanation of how one becomes defiled by coming in contact with the dead. There is one Pasuk that Chazal took to make a separate teaching apart from the main subject at hand.
The Pasuk readsזאת התורה אדם כי ימות באהל, “This is the Torah, when a man shall die in a tent. This refers to the defilement transferring to anyone under the same roof as a corpse.
The Rabbis homiletic interpretation of this verse is as follows: This is the nature of Torah study. When a person is willing to die for it, he will find success. This doesn’t mean to literally die for the Torah. It means that one needs to work very hard and persevere in his Torah studies, in order for it to bear fruit. It’s rewards do not come with only a passive approach to it.
Anything whose rewards are great only comes with very hard work. This is especially true of Torah. Despite the fact that it sometimes takes years to truly reap its benefits, such an endeavor is worthwhile.
If we listen to the Rabbis, we will never go wrong!