Rabbi Akiva's "Like Water on a Rock"


Oil on canvas (original dimensions: 40”x30”)
Sometimes we need to grab opportunities and be adventurous even if we’re not so young anymore. You’re never too old to learn!

This was the message I was telling myself. Rabbi Akiva was 40 years old when
he first decided to learn Torah. One time while standing by the mouth of
awell in Lydda he inquired, “who hollowed out the stone?” (Job 14:19) –
it was water falling upon it constantly, day after day.” at that, Rabbi
Akiva asked himself: is my mind harder than this stone? I will go and study at least one section of Torah. Even though learning

Torah is difficult to learn he is made of flesh and blood. Surely it will penetrate his heart.This biblical passage is from Avot D’Rabbi Natan 6:2

“אמר רבי עקיבא, רך פסל את הקשה דברי תורה שקשה כברזל על אחת כמה וכמה שיחקקו אתלבי שהוא בשר   ודם”

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