“Only if you listen closely (shamo`a tishm`a) to the voice
of HASHEM your God” (Dt.15:5).
On this basis they taught:
If a person has heard (sham`a) only a little [Torah],
they enable him to hear (mashmi`in lo) much.
If a person has heard words of [written] Torah
they enable him to hear [the oral] teachings of scribes.
“To preserve and to enact all of this commandment” (Dt.15:5)—
may the simplest commandment
be as dear to you
as the most arduous commandment.