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Source for not putting everyone in a kollel

I heard from a friend a while ago that there are scholars who believe that putting people into kollel, or everyone studying torah all day on general, is something new in Judaism, that it stemmed from ...
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Why does Torah study rein in the Evil Inclination?

The Talmud in Kidushin 30b states that Torah study is essential activity for gaining control of the evil inclination. "... so too the Holy One blessed be He said: 'I have created the evil ...
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Studying Halachah daily required?

Read somewhere that one must be sure that in addition to any daily study of Tanach, Mishnah and Gemara, to study books of Halachah. Does anyone know where the source for this can be found?
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Definition of the term “Talmud” in the phrase “Talmud Torah”

What is the definition of the word "Talmud" used by Chazal in the expression talmud Torah? Does it mean learning Torah, or teaching Torah? I seem to remember this discussed in an article (perhaps on ...
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Why were there no Jewish philosophy tracts until the Rasag?

Jews had their first bump into philosophy when Alexander the Great conquered Israel (in the early Tanaic period). Since then, we lived under the Greeks and Romans for a few hundred years. Both of ...
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Learning w/o saying Birchas HaTorah

If someone,for whatever reason, cannot say Birchas HaTorah, would that person nevertheless be able to learn Torah that day?
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Human v.s. Animal: spiritual v.s the most fine physical entity kind of soul?

If animals don't have spirits (Does anyone have a proof text that animals *don't* have spirits?), then what is the meaning of nishmat ruach chayim in Bereshit 7:22? And in what way does it differ ...
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Kaddish DeRabonon after Pirkei Oveis in minyan

In our shul after Mincha on Shabbos we usually read Pirkei Oveis while there is minyan. But we do not read Kaddish DeRabonon after it, even if someone recited last line("Rabbi Chananya Ben Akashya...")...
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Are there any early mentions of the concept of “l'iluy nishmas”?

On his Rationalist Judaism blog, R' Natan Slifkin posed this question: I am very interested to know if there are any early mentions of the phrase "l'iluy nishmas" or the concept thereof. (I am not ...
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How to properly chazar gemarah?

Do any of the rishonim/acharonim/etc speak about how one should go about properly chazzaring the gemarah that he learns on a daily basis?
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Is there an organisation behind the Mishna Yomis cycle?

There is a fairy popular seder to finish shisa sedrei mishna every 5.8 years, by doing two mishnayos every day. I know that there is one pretty musch standardized cycle as every calendar that I've ...
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Changing the תפילת בית המדרש

The גמרא in מסכת ברכות on דף כח עמוד ב gives a תפילה for people to say when entering a בית המדרש. This is quoted להלכה in רמב''ם ברכות י,כג and שולחן ערוך אורח חיים קי,ח. However, the ט''ז on ...
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Is it permissible to think about a future Mi Yodeya question while you're in the bathroom?

I understand that you should not be thinking about Torah while in the bathroom. I assume that existing Mi Yodeya questions would be considered Divrei Torah, b/c people have been discussing Torah ideas ...
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What form was the Torah before Sinai

Chazal say the Torah was studied before Sinai. (ex. by Adam and Eve as explained here. Likewise chazal say the Patriarchs studied Torah from Shem ben Noach.) In what form was this pre-Torah? It ...
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What was the Lubavitcher Rebbe's position on women's gemara study?

It is my understanding that women's gemara study is rabbinically prohibited. However, I keep hearing that the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l had an interesting, perhaps liberal position regarding women's ...
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Can learning non-torah subjects count as talmud torah?

If someone learns math in order to better understand a gemarah or studies self-help material as a form of mussar in order to be a better person do these types of learning qualify as talmud torah?
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What is the importance of Chiddush?

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 ...
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Rule of first occurrence?

Searching online I came across a nice article which wrote: link It is a teaching of Chassidic thought (the only source I have for this is Shlomo Carlebach!) that the first occurrence of a ...
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Are there unnecessary words in torah?

I've been taught, often enough that I thought it was universal, that there are no unnecessary words in torah (chumash) — every word is there to teach us something. I've seen plenty of discussions in ...
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Why do Yeshivos learn Talmud Bavli so extensively?

Most Yeshivos (from 5th Grade-End of High school) Learn Talmud Bavli. My question is: Why? What is the point of learning Talmud Bavli so extensively? I know that it is Hashem's Word, but there are ...
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Do you have to know kol ha Torah kula?

Is there a requirement for a Jewish man to know the whole Torah (including every gemara, tosafot, Midrasch…) or is it OK to know the Halacha that is relevant to you and then to use the rest of ...
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Studying Holocaust Responsa on Tish'ah BeAv

One of the restrictions practiced on Tish'ah BeAv is the study of Torah, because Torah study "gladdens the heart". Several exceptions have been formally codified, which are of a nature germane to the ...
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Noachides: are Jews responsible for their spiritual support? [duplicate]

Are Jews responsible for helping non-Jews learn of and follow the seven commandments given to Noachides? Is it a mitzvah for Jews? I recall hearing the Lubavitcher Rebbe speak in favor of this. But ...
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Learning non-jewish topics as a creative process during Shabbat

Is 'learning' non-Jewish topics a prohibited creative process on Shabbat? If so, on what grounds is learning Tanakh exempted? I read that the study non-Jewish subjects is banned or frowned upon, and I ...
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The ultimate goal [duplicate]

I've been stuck wondering this question for a while now and I'm looking for someone to shed a really insightful answer. What is the ultimate goal a Jew should strive for concerning day to day life. ...
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Does Rav discourage study of Scripture?

I read the following on Yerushalmi Online: Rav said: As soon as man goes forth from Halachic to Scripture study he no longer has peace. And Shmuel said: It means one who leaves Talmud for ...
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What should I know about tractate Bava Kamma as this part of daf yomi approaches? [closed]

What should I know about tractate Bava Kamma as this part of daf yomi approaches? Any tips to keep in mind while studying it? It's the start of a new Seder of Talmud so it may have a different manner ...
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Everything is in the Torah

Someone mentioned that, "There is nothing on earth that is not hinted at in the Torah."* Does anyone know where such a statement can be found?
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What are the best resources online for learning the Zohar?

I ask about online since I travel often so something I can read on my computer would greatly accelerate my learning. I won't complain about recommendations for physical books though! I also want to be ...
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What are good grammars to help me understand the language of Rabbinic Literature?

I have recently finished my grammar book on Biblical Hebrew, and I would like to get a grammar that would help me start to read rabbinic literature, specifically, the Talmud, and the commentaries of ...
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Recommendation for learning Nach with Family [closed]

I want to learn Nach on a "Pashat Pashut" format. I don't want to read the Hebrew-English Nach, neither the "fancy" Meforshim that delve through all of the Devrei Torah on each Passuk. Any suggestions ...
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Does 'not in heaven' apply to kabbalah?

There is a famous dictum: 'lo ba'shomayim he', meaning that after the torah was given at Sinai its rules, mandates and precepts are determined by man and not dictated by heaven. An example is when ...
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When is there Kaddish after a shiur?

When do you say Kaddish Derabanan after a shiur? What are the requirements for this Kaddish?
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What is Mishnah berurah comprised of?

What is Mishnah berurah comprised of in regards to table of contents? I understand it is typically a six volume book, but how many chapters and pages? Also, what are Simanim, seifim, and Helek? I am ...
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Long-Term Path of Torah learning

I'm starting to become a little more serious about my Torah learning and wondering what age-old path of Torah study Jews have followed. How do I balance learning Tanach, Gemara, developing a deep ...
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studying torah through web prohibited [closed]

Some say that studying/reviewing torah online can be harmful as there are many unreliable sites, but i see that torah.org, chabad, etc are reliable ones. Can anyone recommend how to best learn Torah ...
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Best way to learn Hilchos Pesach

To those with experience, what is the best(very good) way to learn Hilchos Pesach . What is a good way to go about it , that will give you a thorough understanding and even Halacha La'Maaseh
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What is the reason that you are not allowed to learn Torah shebictav at night?

I saw in some books (Rav Belsky, Arizal) that you are not allowed to learn torah Shebictav (Tanach) at night without commentaries. Why is that?
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Yalkut Yosef or Mishneh Torah for a Sephardic Jew?

My Hebrew is rusty and my knowledge of all the halachot is equally rusty. I want to take on a new project to complete either one of those compilations. For someone coming from a Sephardic heritage, ...
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What is the text used for making a siyum on Zohar?

I have heard plenty of times that there are public completions of the Zohar, but I haven't been able to find a source of a text which would be used for the siyum. Is it a hadran?
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Beginning a comprehensive study of Moreh N'vuchim

A friend of mine would like to begin learning Moreh N'vuchim seriously and is unsure of exactly where/with what to start. What is the best version out there of the book itself? Are there any ...
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What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?

What is the famous argument between the Vilna Gaon and the Ba'al HaTanya in understanding the Sod HaTzimtzum? And what are some ma'areh mekomos in their works where this Machlokes is seen?
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What do people mean when they say “Kaballah”?

I recently spoke to someone who said she was interested in learning Kabbala but could not find any classes. I mentioned to her she may want to try learning Tanya because there is a lot of Kabbala in ...
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Jewish Khan Academy

Does anyone know if there is something similar to the khan academy for limudei kodesh? I'm looking for something like this just with the whiteboard aspect that khan academy uses.
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How to choose a yeshiva for an adult?

Usually a parent would have the job of deciding during their youth where to go and as a result will have a better idea of where he wants to go for adult learning. What do the sources have to say about ...
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Divrei torah written by a heretic

What is the status of divrei Torah written by someone who does not believe in the oral Torah? Does it retain any sanctity? Should it be burned or buried?
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Why does the Brisker Derech focus on the Rambam?

In Reb Chaim Soloveitchik's Wikipedia page, it says about his derech that That focuses on precise definition/s and categorization/s of Jewish law as commanded in the Torah with particular ...
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Talmud study and time? [closed]

For how long must one study the Talmud in order to have a great understanding of it. Of course, some would use more time than others but there must be a general answer?
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English books for better understanding of Jewish thought?

I consider myself a "Christian" (as in a "follower of 'Christ'"), and I am interested in learning more about Judaism, so that I can better understand the Jewish roots of Christianity. I've gotten ...