Rabbi Mordechai Raizman
Bechukosai begins with the statement; "if you will follow
my decrees..." Rashi comments that the word "Follow"
in this verse means, that you must toil in the study and observance
of Torah in order to be successful. The emphasis is on toil,
effort, and not on accomplishment. The Gemarah in Brachos says;
"We toil and they toil, we toil and receive reward, they
toil and don't receive reward." ("They" refers
to those who toil only in material pursuits for the purpose
of material gain, rather than in observance of the Torah).
really true? Surely one who toils in pursuit of money earns
wages for what he does? The difference is this. One who toils
and labors to fix something, a tailor for instance, will be
paid by his client upon completion of his work. But what if
he tried, but was unsuccessful. Would he be compensated then?
Certainly not. On the other hand, one who toils in the study
of Torah, even if he doesn't fully understand what he's learning,
is rewarded for the effort he put forth in trying to attain
understanding. It's not always easy to understand all of the
subtleties of the Torah. The Torah tells us even if you don't,
every bit of effort counts.