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Why was the Bais Hamikdash was destroyed? Because despite Torah study, they didn’t make brochos before learning. What does this mean?
8/5/2011, 6:07 PM

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Rav Yehudah in the name of Rav says: When the Bais Hamikdash was destroyed, no one knew the reason why. They asked the wise men, they asked the prophets, and no one could provide an answer. Until Hashem, Himself, said, it was “because they left My Torah”. Rav Yehudah says, granted the generation was involved in Torah study, but they didn’t make brochos before they learnt.  
The Ran explains: They didn’t make a blessing before learning, because the Torah wasn’t important in their eyes. They approached it as one would a worldly body of wisdom. They, however, failed to see it as Hashem’s holy Torah.  

1. If they weren’t serving Hashem, why would they learn? Learning is a very demanding and difficult. If they weren’t learning as a mitzvah, as part of serving their Creator, what motivated them to put forth the gargantuan effort needed for Torah study? 
2. Why didn’t the Torah cause them to return? Chazal tell us that Torah has a remarkable power to bring a Jew back to Hashem. The light of 
Torah empowers a person soul, and elevates him. If so, why didn’t the Torah have its normal effect? 

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