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In Judaism, the study of torah is considered above all else. However, there is also a need to be able to provide for one's family.

How does one calculate the amount of time one should devote to torah study and how much should be spent towards generating income.

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The study of Torah is above all else? What does that mean? –  Double AA Sep 15 '13 at 22:37
We have discussed something similar. judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/30426/… –  eramm Sep 16 '13 at 15:51
it all depends what your individual needs are. some people can live with little and keep a smile on their faces and some need more. consult your L.O.R. –  ray Oct 17 '13 at 9:28

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The Chafetz Chaim writes (in the Sha'ar HaTziun) that a person should ask himself 'would that it were that I had to support someone else, how much would be sufficient?' And then apply that to himself. I'm sure a lot of extras would go out the window.

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What kind of someone else are we talking about: someone who is used to extravagances or not? The Shulchan Aruch rules that you have to support someone up to the standard of living they expect. If so, this answer is circular and not helpful. –  Double AA Sep 17 '13 at 14:50
I understood his point to be less technical (in the sense that the koach hatziur is not bound by choshen mishpat). I think that when most people read his eitzah they say "I guess I don't really need as much as I think I do". It's a mussar point. –  Gavriel Sep 17 '13 at 17:10

when you were on your honeymoon how many times did you ask yourself how much time to spend with your wife! just imagine your wife knew that you even thought of the question ...! this is about passion for torah not only ticking the box of minimum requirement!

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We are commanded in Shemot 20:9 'Sheshet Yamim Ta'Avod'. According to Talmud Shabbat 127a, learning Torah is equal to various mitvaot of Chesed and Tefilah. Shimon HaTzadik teaches that the world is based on not only Torah and Avodah, but Gemilut HaSadim too (Pirkei Avot 1:2). If one learns Torah but does not keep what they have learnt, then one has not truly learnt it. The purpose of learning Torah is after all, to keep it. Titen Chesed LeAvraham.


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But how much time should you spend on each? –  Monica Cellio Oct 18 '13 at 2:26

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