"Torah Is A Smorgasbord'"
Rabbi Yakov Horowitz commenting on A Tzaddik's Advice To Me:
While I agree with the Ein Yaakov eitzah, I respectfully disagree with the overall message of the advice you were given.
In my opinion, our Torah is a ‘smorgasbord’ of learning options and it is my contention that people should ‘nosh’ on what satisfies them. This is what Chazal meant when they said a person ought to learn "mah she'libo chafeitz" - that one should learn what one's heart is drawn to.
Nothing succeeds like success. This means that a person will only be successful when he feels himself making progress.
The Gemorah-only thinking is sending an inadvertent message to those who find Gemorah difficult. One that they are chas v’shalom second class citizens in the community of lomdei Torah.