More Discussions for this daf
1. The four things which need to be strengthened 2. Go and Descend 3. Why the First Verse?
4. Number of stars literal? 5. Heref Mimeni 6. rava, fast days and clouds
7. Tefilah better than Ma'asim Tovim? 8. Forms of Repentance 9. fasting vs tzedakah
10. A Kohen who has killed a person 11. The Innocent Sotah 12. Four activities which require strengthening
13. Was Moshe Rabeinu's Prayer Answered?

Harry Gluck asked:

Question: Could you give some explanation to the section "Four elements need to be streghtened: Torah, good deeds prayer and occupations."

The Kollel replies:

One way to understand it is that the Gemara is comparing the first three things with the last. It is a natural and universally accepted belief that the more and harder one works to earn a living, the more successful he will be at earning money. If one sits back and does nothing, he will not earn money, and whatever funds he has will dissipate.

One should incorporate that natural drive into his spiritual pursuits as well. Only if one constantly works on his Torah learning, good deeds and prayer will he be successful and thrive in those areas. If one does not constantly work on those areas, then not only will he not grow, but his Torah knowledge, good deeds, and prayer will decline in quantity and quality.

M. Kornfeld