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The Taz explains itself: Some parts are added for situations in which one study alone, and some part for Dayan giving a psak alone. He also added special tefila linked to the difficulty of the isolated student, nobody to help it for errors correction. In almost each of the brachot of amida we can add something, bakasha, "chidush" following the words of ...


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If it involves Torah in any way, shape, or form, it's assur. See this question about Purim Torah.


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Shemos Rabbah 5:18 says that Bnei Yisroel had scrolls from which they studied Torah in Egypt. Rav Zev Wolf of Horadno (Maharzu) there, says that the scrolls were the entire Bereishis: the stories of Adam, Noah, the Flood, Babel, the Patriarchs and all the prophecies and assurances that were prophesied. So I guess before Sinai, each generation studied what ...


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I'd say "discouraged", not "prohibited." Generally, women should have the Torah background that they need to function. It's the pure, theoretical pursuit of knowledge that gave Chazal pause. I'm told the Seventh Rebbe zt"l felt that some basic exposure to Gemara today is considered material that's needed to function, and therefore allowed and even ...


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The Mishnah in Avos (last Mishnah in perek gimmel) says (translation follows Tosfos Yom Tov): R' Elazar Chisma said: [The laws of] bird offerings and openings of Niddahs are [among] the bodies of law; astronomy and geometry are appetizers for wisdom. Thus we see that math, important as it might be, is not quite on par with actual halachah. However, ...


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From Mishnat Rebi Aharon 1:203 The Mesilat Yesharim writes in his introductions for things known and evident are hidden from people due to their being so evident. Therefore it is necessary to expand the matters and contemplate them, namely, the remedy to increase recognition in them is "lechadesh" (to renew something) in the matter. For the ...


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R. Nachman of Breslov was a great advocate of m'chadesh chiddush as long as it didnt interfere with halocha


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The Gemara in Kiddushin (30a I think) says that one should divide his days into thirds, learning Chumash for one third, Mishnah for another third, and Gemara for the last third. I had heard that we learn Bavli so extensively because it fulfills all three requirements.


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First of all, I'd like to point out that there's no end to Torah (see just about any cheesy reason for why the Gemara starts on Daf Beis), so it's physically impossible to know kol haTorah kulah anyway. What I can tell you is that the Gemara in Kiddushin (30a-ish) darshens the passuk of v'shinantem l'vanecha as v'shilashtem and advises one to divide his ...


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Rav Chaim Vital in Hakdamah to "Shaar Hamitsvot" and also in "Shaar Hagilgulgim" writes that a soul descends in to this world to learn all the PaRDeS.And if a soul was not zoche to learn all the Torah this soul should come to this world one more time because of this reason.


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If you view the shu't sefer as a cheftza of aveilus this should be mutar, otherwise not. So that if any enjoyment you get from the pilpul is subsumed in tzaar there is no mesamchei lev. But if you think it's interesting, you're probably not learning lishmah.



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