Appreciate the ingenuity of those Jews who used wood ladders as a ruse in order to transfer wood to the Temple to be used on the altar for the sacrifices.

The Temple in Jerusalem represented the central focal point of the Jewish people as God’s presence was manifested there. Even though the Temple has not yet been rebuilt, there is still an extremely meaningful way to connect to God’s presence.

In the second Mishna, in the third chapter of Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, we are taught that when two people study Torah together, the Divine Presence rests between them. In addition, when a single individual sits and studies Torah, God will allocate a reward to that individual.

To learn more about the value of studying Torah, print out the third chapter of Ethics of the Fathers this afternoon and join thousands of fellow Jews around the globe who will be enjoying an uplifting experience and inspired discussions this Shabbat.