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This closed question asks for a 'favorite pasuk', presupposing that such a thing is allowed.

When it comes to sugyos or sections/topics of Torah, Chazal say on the one hand, (Eiruvin 64a) that a person may not say that 'one section of the Torah is nice, and another is not nice', but on the other hand it seems permissible to enjoy one section more than the other, as we are advised that a person learns best from a topic that he enjoys the most (Avodah Zara 19a). Does this mean that a person can privately be drawn to a particular section, but not express it, or only express it in the form of a subjective opinion?

By saying, 'sugya X is great', one is implying that sugya Y is less great, and that would seem to be prohibited. However, Chazal appear to have done that themselves, as they would refer to certain topics as 'great sugyos' (ex: Bava Kama 20a). Is that allowed?

Furthermore, whatever the law is by sugyos, does it apply equally to pesukim? Perhaps one cannot say that he likes a particular pasuk more, as it implies that one pasuk is more important than another (against what the Rambam writes in Foundation 8 of his famous 13)?

I've seen this issue discussed, so I feel justified in asking for only sourced answers, please.

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I really like this topic. – Scimonster Jul 15 '14 at 8:18
@Matt Because liking one does not mean the other is disliked. If i like chocolate ice cream more than vanilla ice cream, it does not mean that i dislike vanilla ice cream. I just happen to like chocolate ice cream even more. Call it a disposition if you will. – please delete me Jul 15 '14 at 12:52
@sam that's mentioned in the question – Matt Jul 15 '14 at 14:06
@BoruchTkatch but there's still a relative dislike. put in another way, the questions can be asked as thus: "is the problem with saying 'I like one sugya but not the other an issue because one is this saying that he dislikes a section of Torah, or is there inherently a problem with preferring one thing over another, i.e. Saying one is not likes as much? You read it the first way, but I'm inclined to read it the second way because then there's no need for the first half of the phrase לא יאמר אדם שמעתתא זו נאה – Matt Jul 15 '14 at 14:12
Buruch and Matt - I've been following your discussion, and figure I'll chime in if for no other reason than to prevent one of you getting that "Move to chat" pop-up :-) In High School, several of my rebbeim would say - "This is a geshmacktick sugya!" - I can't imagine that such a statement ever implied that anything else in the Gemarrah was horrible, worthless, worse, or any other synonym. They probably weren't even thinking of something else at the time. They were merely savoring what they just learned and explained. – DanF Jul 15 '14 at 17:11

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There is a difference between saying : "I don't like this seyouga" and "this seyouga isn't nice".

If you say "I don't like this seyouga", you're speaking about you, and it's very normal to have preference.
But, if you say "This seyouga isn't nice", you're speaking about the seyouga and denigrating it and that is forbidden.

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Welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for the insights. The only thing is, the question is asking if it is permitted to say "i like a sugya", not "i don't like a sugya". If you're able to answer that, please edit that in. – Scimonster Oct 30 '14 at 15:40

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