Tuesday, August 12, 2008
What are "Toros Nefulos" and How Does One Lift Them Up?
In the second piece in the Likutei Halachos Chumash in Parshas Maasei, Rebbe Noson writes that many of a Jews travels are for the purpose of being blown around through the winds of the world to be exposed to "Toros Nefulos," fallen Torahs. These fallen Torahs contain elements of truth, that must be grasped, while their chaff must be thrown away.
I was speaking about this Torah with a friend who learns a lot more Breslov chassidus than I do, and he suggested that Toros Nefulos are, for instance, Torahs taught by people who were learning shelo lishmoh, i.e. for ulterior motives. I also suggested that it might mean Torahs that were taught from an academic or historical perspective. There is much sheker, apikorsus and ga'ava in this type of perspective, but there may be true points that can be gleaned from these Torahs and thus lifted up. (See also, Rav Tzvi Leshem's answer to me on the topic of academic Torah study, which he wrote right after getting his doctorate.)
Can anyone out there give me any additional insight into what these "Toros Nefulos," fallen Torahs, are? Shkoyach!
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