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The "animal soul" is entirely subjective and atheistic. It exists entirely in a physical, instinctual, hedonic, and sensory world. While (at least in higher life forms) there may be a fair level of social cognition and even altruistic behavior and empathy, there is no possibility of ever attaining human levels of consciousness of truth and morality. ...


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Whatever is best for you. It is probably best to learn aloud but if not, start with music. There is no chisaron (loss) of the amount of reward or quality. If you learn best with music, go for it. Eventually, try to build up to a level where you can shteig and not need the music. I recommend asking your rebbi or rav though, each case is different.


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I have recorded a brief Hebrew-English translation with all the Rashis succinctly woven into the translation. In addition, anything which is difficult to understand I add additional comments from other commentaries. One of my goals is that unlike many nach shiurim I aim to translate accurately every word. All previous Shiurim are available in a google drive ...


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I was told it is the same way. From this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppm3Y9TD0Tc it's apparent that it is this way as well.


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The Rishonim help direct you to understand the Gemara. 1) They provide facts to understand the Gemara. 2) They provide Sevara, logical reasoning that helps you understand the conceptual underpinning of the Gemara. 3) They are the experts in the area. It would not be wise to study an area without looking at the experts. It would be like looking into ...


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Although the Mishnah and the Germara are called the Talmud, the word "תלמוד" literally means "study" in Hebrew. So the phrase "תלמוד תורה" means the study of Torah.


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Rabbeinu Yonah says on Avos that in order to be mekayem the mitzva of ve'ahavta le'reachah ke'mochah you should make one especially good friend and then extrapolate from your experiences with that person how you should behave towards other people. Similarly the baalei mussar explain that a person should make 'friends' with one mesechta and then extrapolate ...


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The Sde Tzofim says ולכאורה יש להעיר מהך דעירובין(סד) א״ר אתא ב״ר מאי דכתיב ורועה זונות יאבד הון, כל האומר שמועה זו נאה ושמועה זו אינה נאה מאבד הונה של תורה. ופרש״י, רועה זונות, נוטריקון זו נאה וארענה ואעסוק בה כדי שתתקיים בידי. עכ״ל. ועיין ברש״ש שם. אמנם יש לומר כי הקפידה מצאה לנוה דוקא במקום שאומר ג״כ זו אינה נאה. אבל זו נאה בלבד ...


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There is a Midrash Tanchuma: מעשה בחסיד אחד שהיה מתייחד במקום אחד והיה למד בו במסכת חגיגה, והיה מהפך בה ומהדרה כמה פעמים עד שלימד אות ההיטב שגורה בפיו. ולא היה יודע מסכת אחרת מן התלמוד. והיה שוגה בה כל ימיו. כיון שנפטר מן העולם היה בביתו לבדו ולא היה שום אדם יודע פטירתו. באתה דמות אשה אחת ועמדה עליו והרימה קולה בבכי ומספד. נתרבה אנחתה וצעקתה עד שנתקבצו ...


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Rambam poskins in Hilchot Teshuva 3:17 that if one denies that even a single word of the Torah is not from HaShem they are guilty of being a Kofer b'Torah and has no portion in the world to come. By definition that means every word is essential.


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There is a definite Talmudic belief that there are no unnecessary statements in the Torah. See Sanhedrin 99b Our Rabbis taught: But the soul that doeth aught presumptuously: this refers to Manasseh the Son of Hezekiah, who examined [Biblical] narratives to prove them worthless. Thus, he jeered, had Moses nothing to write but, And Lotan's sister was ...


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This is a very good question and something that should be developed throughout ones life. Particularly in newer reprints of classics, they are heavily footnoted with both additional explanation and source notations. The books of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan are a great example. A key to developing tools for exegesis is to learn the notes in addition to the text. ...


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Following @Yirmeyahu's lead I found my copy of the Eye of the Needle with the full copy of the article you are looking for. I scanned it here. See end of page 3 and page 4. It is not a straight interview of R Moshe Feinstein but an essay based on his call for action to yeshiva students.



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