I have long taken for granted that it is important to be m'chadesh chiddush (compose new and novel torah insights). However, I realize I have no source for that notion. Is there any source which indicates that it is important to try to come up with chiddushim, or perhaps is simply studying torah without adding any novel interpretation equally as meritorious?
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— which I'm having a hard time translating, but it seems to mean:
נפש החיים שער ד פרק יב:
And see further there for more.