When you are about to close your gemara, what if instead of doing that you push yourself for just one more minute of learning? Just 60 more seconds? I know what you're thinking -- what difference can one minute make? What's one more minute of Torah worth?
Just before maariv tonight I heard someone mention that sponsors pay a million dollars for a minute of super bowl advertising. The truth is that this person was off by a lot -- a million dollar ad would be a bargain. Most ads this year cost in the range of six to seven million dollars.
It dawned on me afterwards that this is a tremendous mussar haskel for us. What is a minute of time really worth? You know how many minutes I personally waste on a daily basis? Yet here we have companies willing to give up 7 million dollars just for one minute of our time, just to try to take a shot in that one minute of getting us to buy another beer or bag of chips or something like that.
If a minute of time to get us to buy a beer is worth seven million dollars, what do you think that one minute of Torah is worth?