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Sufficient Sleep

It is related that the Chozeh of Lublin would instruct his students not to sleep too little. R’ Yitzchak Isaac of Kamarna would say that it is better to add an hour of sleep and the rest of the day be a mentch than to limit your sleep by an hour and the rest of the day be a chaya ra’ah.


What would the Chofetz Chaim do to ensure that his students get an adequate amount of sleep? He himself, occasionally, would actually close all the lights in his yeshiva late at night to make certain that his students get sufficient sleep.[1]


The gemara[2] says that the one who rolls the Sefer Torah (הגולל ספר תורה) together to close it (known as gelilah) receives a reward equal to the reward of all the other participants.[3] R’ Yaakov of Pshevorsk was once asked to explain this enigmatic statement. Because someone rolled the Sefer Torah he receives so much more reward? There can be a person that wants to continue learning until the wee hours. However, if he does this, how will his next day look? הגולל ספר תורה means that one is wise enough to close the sefer when it is time for sleep. This is so that the next day he will wake up with vigor, with a clear mind and serve Hashem with freshness and passion. For such a person it is fitting that he receive such reward.

[1] Tenuas Hamussar, volume 3, p. 172.

[2] Megila 32a.

[3] This is referring to where a minyan got together to read from the Sefer Torah.



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