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The Rashb"o in Chindushai HaHagodos (Mosad Horav Kook) to Brochos 54b states that after a long halachik discussion the Ameroim switched to Agadato to awaken the students.


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The rambam (at the very end of Hilchos shmittah and Yovel) states: Not only the Tribe of Levi, but each and every individual human being, whose spirit moves him and whose knowledge gives him understanding to set himself apart in order to stand before the Lord, to serve Him, to worship Him, and to know Him, who walks upright as God created him to do, and ...


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The Cesef Mishna in Rambam hilchos talmud torah at the end of the piece praises learning all life.


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"Someone told me that the Nefesh HaChaim says this, but I couldn't find it." In Nefesh HaChaim Sha'ar 1 Perek 8 in the course of explaining why Shlomo HaMelech set up the keruvim the way he did (not directly facing each other) Rav Chaim explains his understanding of the machlokes beetwen Rashbi and Rebbi Yishmael. The conclusion seems to be the following: ...


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Like Tamir Evan said in his comments In his introduction to Sefer ha-Mitzvot, the Rambam claimed he wrote the Mishneh Torah in the language of the Mishnah( Leshon ha-Mishnah), to ease the readers' understanding. So the answer would be Mishnaic Hebrew


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The Shaar Hakollel (R' Avrohom Dovid Lavut) writes that he heard from R' Hillel Paritcher that one is allowed to learn Kabbalah on Tisha BeAv, as one is allowed to give over the secrets of the Torah only to one who's heart is worried.


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You are supposed to understand the words you use in prayer. In fact, if you don't understand the hebrew words, you really should be praying in the language that you do understand. So if it is the translation of parts of the Tisha Be'av prayers, which also of course include regular daily prayers, it should be permitted. The source for this that if you ...


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The Netey Gabriel in Hilchot Ben Hametzarim vo. 2 75:11 explains that reading\learning Mussar is permitted on the ninth of Av since it breaks and arouses a persons heart. It would seem however that philosophical works like the Kuzari and the guide for the perplexed is forbidden since reasons given for permiting learning certain parts of the Torah don't seem ...


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You are not beholden of course, but I asked this to my Rosh Yeshiva and he said mussar is definitely in the spirit of the day, but most mussar sfarim constantly quote psukim which we may not read, so the answer was no. I didn't ask him about philosophical works.


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Many communities offer various shiurim and / or films during the afternoon. I don't know if this is available where you live, but in mine, shuls "compete" with each other. During approx. the last decade, The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation has presented 2 excelent videos on Tish'a B'av. Many shuls present one or both of them, and they are always ...


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You're understating the facts when you say that "we are not supposed to learn Torah, in general from afternoon of Erev Tish'a B'av until after chatzot of Tish'a B'av": we're not allowed until nightfall. Source: Mishna B'rura 554:1. But someone who will read the Torah, even the afternoon reading, is allowed to review it. Source: MB 554:8.


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You are not the only one who was perplexed by this halacha as the MB brings several opinions (GR"A, RaSHaL) that did not accept the Rama's ruling and the Biur Halacha (BH) seems to concur with them. The MB gives a reason that Torah study gladdens the heart, While the Magen Avraham says that since it is possible to learn those topics that are permitted on ...


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Rav Moshe Einstadter of Cleveland, Ohio told me that for several years he actually switched to saying pesukim from Eicha, and Mishnayos and Gemara related to mourning. He switched back after some time. Rav Ezra Neuberger (Rosh Kollel of Kollel Avoads Levi of Ner Israel) explained that these segments are not arbitrary, or just happen to be conveniently ...


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No, even reviewing is not allowed. Words of Torah are intrinsically "mesamchei lev", make the heart happy and are therefore not permited to be studied on Tisha B'Av. Besides, review can almost inevitably bring to new insights not though of before (ain bais hamedrash b'lo chidush). An easy and meaningful fast to all.


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O Ch 553 (2) Rema near the end says After Chatzos on Erev Tisha B'Av, the Minhag is to learn only things that may be learned on Tisha B'Av. The source for what can be learnt on 9th Av is mentioned in this question. It is O Ch 554 (1-4). There seems to be no special leniences for 8th Av afternoon. My Rav said (and I saw it here) that Certainly ...


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There are a variety of things that people do on Tisha B'Av. Many people spend most of the morning reading and discussing the Kinnos. It is also permitted and widespread to learn certain bits of Torah that are relevant to Tisha B'Av. These include Eicha, Iyov, the story of the destruction of the Temple which is related in Gittin 56b-58a and Sanhedrin 104, the ...


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Historically, there were many wome who studied Torah. Currently, we have women who teach Torah, and Rabbi Avi Weiss has given some women the title "Rabbanit". Women are allowed to be mashgichot (kosher supervisors), so, I assume that they are learning some parts of Yoreh De'ah to know what to do. I am citing these as examples of what appears to be a ...


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Women can lean definitely Pirkei Avot & Shulchan Aruch (why not?). On the contrary - women are obligated to know their halachic obligations and there is no other way for that other than studying Torah.


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Shulchan Aruch O.C. 90:23 הבגדים המצויירים אף על פי שאינם בולטות אין נכון להתפלל כנגדם It is not proper to pray facing colorful garments, even if they do not protrude. Beis Yosef, citing Rambam, explains that the reason it is preferable to pray close to the wall is in order to not see distracting things. If these kippot have drawings or writing ...


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1 Aish says The Talmud says that the purpose of wearing a kippah is to remind us of God, who is the Higher Authority "above us" (Kiddushin 31a). 2 Halachipedia quotes the Gemoro (Shabbat 156b) to say “A Kippah or Yarmulke is a religious head covering worn to inspire fear of heaven in the mind of the one wearing it as it reminds the wearer ...


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The Talmud (Ta'anis 21b) indicates that the merits of Rav and Rav Huna were more than sufficient to protect their respective neigborhoods from danger, except that their neighborhoods were in fact protected by the kind deeds of other righteous locals - a man who loaned hoes and shovels for burials and a woman who allowed needy individuals to use her heated ...


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As per this article, the Mir is composed of a multitude of study groups, called Chaburot. Each Chabura is subdivided by Shiur (class), with one Maggid Shiur (lecturer) teaching an average of 40 to 60 students. As no two individuals are the same, each Maggid Shiur has his own style of learning and teaching. However, according to this article, the Mir ...


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Bal Haturim - Devarim 1:3 says that a Torah scholar protects 40,000 people in his location from their enemies.


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I would venture to say that the protection is not a direct result of doing Mitzvot. We have an explicit Mishna we say every morning that [only] specific Mitzvot have some reward in this world - besides for the reward all Mitzvot have in the world to come. See the Gemara in Kidushin 39b and Chullin 122a for a discussion about שכר מצוה בהאי עלמא; rewards for ...


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Like almost any good question in Judaism, there are a variety of opinions. I'll present a few here. In this case, though, I believe that the answers are not necessarily mutually exclusive: at the end of the day, everyone would agree to some extent that all of the following are noble motivations. As the Ben Ish Hai says in the beginning of Parshas Naso (2nd ...


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He does. His comments to Tikkunei Zohar (Vilna printing, pg 4): דעסקין באורייתא לשמה - ר"ל בשביל השכינה לייחד אותה עם התורה והענין של לשמה שלומד ע"מ לקיים מצוותיה של תורה והמצוות הן בשכינה א"כ הוא לשמה "Who study Torah lishmah" means for the shekhinah, to unify It with the Torah. And the idea of lishmah is that he learns in order to fulfill the ...



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