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The Netai Gavriel brings just about all there is to bring on the subject of Nitel. In 2:4 he brings two/three customs about the time of day or night it applies to. Although the custom is (perhaps more commonly) only from sunset or dusk until midnight, some (Chernobler, Belz, Bobov, Ger and Galitziyana) start from midday the day before (so that would be ...


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No, you don't need to. Furthermore, according to some poskim, you could even listen to the song in the shower. See this Q/A set by dinonline.org: The Question: Is one allowed to listen to Jewish music while showering in the bathroom? Answer: Yes, I don’t see any problem in this. The music does not have the halachah of spoken pesukim, and ...


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The Nitei Gavriel which @yishai linked has an abundance of info of the customs and history of nittal nacht. Rav Aviner brings a nice summary from his tshuvot (text): "Question: Is it permissible to learn Torah on "Nittel Nacht" (Christmas Eve)? Answer: There is a custom among some Chasidim not to learn Torah on "Nittel Nacht" in order not to contribute ...


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In Tanya Chapter 5, this question is discussed. There it's explained that Torah is Chochmas Hashem - Hashem's Wisdom, and therefor learning any Torah is an intense union/connection with Hashem. Understanding His Wisdom is valuable in its own right, regardless of whether it's relevant or not. (See the quote below for more elaboration). דרך משל: כשאדם מבין ...


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The Talmud asks a very similar question, on Sanhedrin 71a: אלא לא היה ולא עתיד להיות ולמה נכתב דרוש וקבל שכר [...] תניא, עיר הנדחת לא היתה ולא עתידה להיות ולמה נכתבה דרוש וקבל שכר [...]תניא בית המנוגע לא היה ולא עתיד להיות ולמה נכתב דרוש וקבל שכר However, this [the Ben Sorrer Umoreh, the rebellious son of Deut. 21:18] never happened, and never ...


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In some Yeshivos, they deliberately choose Masechtas that are the least practical, as they understand this to be the best manifestation of Torah Lishma - learning Torah just for the sake of learning Torah, and not for any other purpose. I believe this is one of the reasons that Brisker Yeshivos learn Kodshim.


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In every tractate, there are parts that are "practical" either directly or indirectly. I'll explain by examples: The first two tractate I learned was Bava Metzi'ah . It talks about two people holding a tallit and arguing about who gets what. OK, How often do 2 people argue about who gets a tallit, unless it's in shul (and then, the SHUL owns the tallit - ...


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I'm not sure where i heard this, but part of it is in expectation and hope of when it will once again be relevant to us, bimheira b'yameinu. Also, the Gemara deals with much more than the specific topic it's about, including tangential laws, sayings, stories (agadah), etc.


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You can try http://www.dafyomi.co.il/, choose any masechtah, and then scroll down. They have links for Tosafot for most masechtot, but unfortunately not for Bava Basra. And for books, you can try this wonderfully clear sefer called שערי תוספות, if you don't mind Hebrew.


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Generally a Mussar Vaad provides a more intense and personal level of engagement with an eye to self improvement, thus it usually consists of a small group of students. A Mussar Vaad can take many forms. It can take the form of a classic "shmuess"- lecture, which is given traditionally by the Mashgiach or Rosh Yeshiva of the yeshiva which focuses on either ...


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A story which may shed some light. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was wishing farewell to a student going back to his home state for bein hazmanim. He told the young scholar that when the community Rabbi spoke between Mincha and Maariv, he should be careful to listen and not to learn any other sfarim, even though that Rabbi was not so learned. He reasoned, this ...


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I have spent time over several days unsuccessfully trying to locate my copy of "Eye of the Needle" (which incidentally I see is recommended in the link you provided) but in the index there is a copy of the Jewish Observer article which you and your source have mentioned. My recollection of the article is that it didn't merely mention this idea in his name ...


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I cannot tell from your question if you're concern is focused on Kol Isha. I am assuming that is the focus. This article discusses Kol Isha and when and how it applies, citing various viewpoints. I am citing one of the permissible views. Read the remaining sections of the article, as there are varying opinions. Rabbi Yehiel Yaakov Weinberg (Seridei Esh ...


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Here it brings the following sources on the matter: The Chasam Sofer (Shut Y.D. 341) was concerned about it and spoke about pushing off the learning until the coming Tisha B'Av. Sefer Chassidim (261) is an interesting source. He says you should learn them because they aren't learned generally. So there you have the existing practice of not learning them ...


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When we learned for Smiche, Dayan Zimmermann (The Rov in Gateshead) told us that people should learn Aveilus BEFORE they need it. Otherwise one will make mistakes when it needed.


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R' Yosef Berger told me not to learn the latter half of Mo'ed Katan while both parents are living. This was to learn through the sugyas of the gemaras, not just to learn the laws of aveilus, and he said not to. The question I asked him was about if the group I was learning with should begin this topic. He said that it should be done in private. He seems ...


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ויהי חתת אלקים על הערים - בראשית לה:ה On the above Pasuk, R' Zevin relates a story titled "The Secret Weapon" in "Sipurei Tzadikim al hatorah" as follows: Late in 1856, Reb Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (known as the Tzemach Tzedek) sent his son Reb Shmuel - who was later to succeed him as rebbe - to S. Petersburg on matters of communal concern. ...



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