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The ultimate goal

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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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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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? [on hold]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is this an effective means of being tested on Talmud [closed]

I'm in tenth grade and I'm concerned that the way we are tested Talmud in school is not effective. You see, we learn a small sugya of Gemara and then learn through a multitude of Rishonim and ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What should a Jew learn regularly?

I am wondering what systems of structured Jewish learnings exist or alternatively how to build one. In a broader way what are existing/recognized Jewish learning curriculums or answers to “what should ...
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Can one recite prayers or learn torah while facing a bathroom whose door is open?

Do you have to close the bathroom door that you are in the vicinity of before being able to recite blessings or learn torah? Does it suffice to simply turn your back towards the bathroom door? For ...
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Listening to Music during learning

Is there any "chisaran" (is there something "lacking") in one's fulfillment of the Mitzvah of Talmud Torah if they listen to soft, slow paced, instrumental music (no vocals or lyrics) while learning ...
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Resource for learning Nach Yomi

I would like to start learning Nach yomi (one or two perakim a day) but I don't just want to read the Hebrew/English since I will not end up with a proper understanding as to what is actually taking ...
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Benefit of learning the rishonim for non posek-wannabes?

For a person whose goal is NOT to become a posek what would be the benefit or purpose in learning the rishonim when one learns a gemarah? By rishonim I am referring to the Rash, Ran in the back of ...
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List of Number of Mishnayos by chapter / masechta

I'm looking for a list that enumerates the number of Mishnayos in each perek, as well as totals by masechta. Does anyone here know of such a list (or have the ability to quickly produce one)?
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Chukim list with sources

My search is for a list of chukim. Since I don't like 'reinventing the wheel', I was wondering if there is one already available from some reference work.
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Can one have a favorite pasuk/parsha/masechta?

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 ...
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What resources are recommended for learning biblical exegesis?

Inspiration for this question comes from reading Avigdor Bonchek's "Studying the Torah: A Guide to in-Depth Interpretation". What is unique about this book is the way the author has chosen just a few ...
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Are we allowed to assume that a Rabbi may have not thought of something?

Sometimes in reading a difficult Rishon or Acharon, you come across a statement which seems limited and difficult to understand. Sometimes it's what seems to be an answer to a question which skims ...
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Rav Moshe and Giving Your Time for Charity

I recall hearing that Rav Moshe Feinstein rules that one should donate a tenth of his time to learn with other Jews, in addition to the more commonly accepted 'tithe' of money. The only source I was ...
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Learning the entire night of one's 20th Birthday? [closed]

What is the source for this? Is there an inyan to do this? I'm quite new and as you can probably tell, I'm turning 20 in little under a week from now. Not sure what I should really do...
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What does it mean that learning torah is greater then respecting parents

In the shulchan aruch yora daiya 140.13 it says: תַּלְמוּד תּוֹרָה גָּדוֹל מִכְּבוֹד אָב וָאֵם. Talmud Torah is greater then respecting the father and mother What does this mean practically? ...
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How much time should one spend on learning Torah a day

If one is awake sixteen out of 24 hours a day , how much should he learn out of those hours. Sources are appreciated .
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Where does Chassam Soffer say Hillel needed a job

I recall seeing a Chassam Soffer who explained that Hillel Hazakein was allowed to lead a life of poverty for Torah only as long as he had no children. Up untill then it was a lifestyle that his wife ...