אִם בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת מִצְוֺתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ
If you follow My laws and observe My commandments
Rashi points out that the second part of the statement, “observe My commandments” is clearly referring to our obligation to keep the mitzvot. Therefore, he concludes, the first part, “follow My laws” must be a commandment to delve into the Torah.
The word Rashi uses to describe what one should do is “toil”. We don’t only have to browse through, or give a general look over the Torah, we have to work hard on it. It’s not always going to be easy, nor should it. There will be difficulties, parts that one can spend days on and still not understand, but we aren’t to be dissuaded. We obviously learn in an attempt to understand the Torah, but that isn’t the point. The point is that we work on it.
The Torah is a physical reflection of Hashem. Its rules are our glimpse into understanding how His “mind” works. The more we can get a feel for how these things work, the closer we can be to Hashem. Even when we don’t understand the final product, when we start recognizing some of the methods that went into it we can attempt to replicate it.
Times are difficult now, but we shouldn’t try to use it as an excuse to get out of learning. If anything, try using some newly freed up time to learn even more! Despite the difficulties, there is an explosion of learning resources available online and over the phone. Take advantage to the best of your ability.
May Hashem protect us all.