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I heard from R' Moshe Einstadter that the purpose of the Koteres is to define the nature of the mitzvah, as opposed to describing how to fulfill the mitzvah, which is what the halachos listed under each category proceed to do. If my memory serves me correctly, he even used this as an example, and explained that the definition of the mitzvah is to learn ...


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No, Modern Hebrew, the contemporary spoken and written language, is not identical with Biblical Hebrew, the version[s] of the language in which Tanach was written. Hebrew, like all natural languages, has evolved over time from the times of Tanach until today, and on top of that, Modern Hebrew is the result of an intentional revival and modernization of the ...


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The Hebrew used in the Tanakh is often the source for most of Modern Hebrew. However, influences of history have changed the modern day Hebrew in ways that are not always so noticeable. For Example: A lot of Aramaic has slipped its way into modern Hebrew, even down to the most basic words. Father in Tanakh: "Av" Father in Modern Hebrew: "Abba" (Aramaic) ...


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It is very important to have a Halacha seder. Learn the Shulchan Aruch with the Mishna Berura, as this will help you gain practical knowledge for the rest of the day. If your primary focus is on Gemara, the best thing to do is not to get caught up in the plethora of different sefarim on the Gemara. Rather, focus on learning "pshat" - the inner mechanics of ...


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Once the Roman government issued a decree forbidding Torah study. Papus ben Yehudah saw Rabbi Akiva conducting Torah classes and asked him, “Do you not fear punishment by law?” Rabbi Akiva answered with a parable: A fox was strolling along the riverbank and noticed fish swimming swiftly from place to place. He asked, “Why are you running?” They ...


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This is found in Tanna Devei Eliyahu Rabba, beginning of chapter 18 and Yalkut Shamoni Eicha 1034. The Tanna Devei Eliyahu version is: מאי שפכי כמים לבך נוכח פני ה' מכאן אמרו כל ת"ח שיושב וקורא ושונה ועוסק בתורה הקב"ה יושב כנגדו וקורא ושונה עמו What does "Poor out your heart like water opposite the face of Hashem" mean? From here they said that ...


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Yes. Tosfos Yom Tov (Nazir 5:5) writes that just as earlier commentators were willing to explain the Torah according to a 'peshat' that doesn't conform with the Halakha, we may do the same when it comes to the Mishnah. More on this methodology is discussed by R. Kalman Kahane in Heker VeYiyun I, pg. 150-152 Additionally, there are also sources (Gra-related ...


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Medication helps an ADHD patient just like glasses help a nearsighted patient. (I don't remember where I first saw this metaphor. Probably it was while reading My Brain Still Needs Glasses.) Should a nearsighted individual take off his glasses so as to make Torah study more difficult and so as to increase his eventual reward? No. He should wear his glasses, ...


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The best solution I have found is a new book by Adir Press (distributed by Feldheim) called "Journey Through Nach". It goes through every perek in Nach and provides a short summary based on the words and meforshim. It's a great read! Highly recommended. Other option are the summaries written on www.shortvort.com which are also very good but I don't know if ...


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It is brought in the introduction to the Sefer Peat HaSulchan. It says there that he learned and understood clearly all that there is to learn (until the Achronim on the Shulchan Aruch) including the Kisvei Arizal, and understood everything besides 2 Sugeot in the Zohar.


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One should perform a mitzva solely because G-d has commanded him to perform it, even if one does not understand why. Thus, Ramba"m Mishnah Torah, Torah study ch. 1 cites sources for the mitzvah. He also explains that one of the main reasons is to be able to teach your children what to do. Perhaps this sounds "circular", but, it's not. Related to Emilio's ...


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"I have created the yetzer hara (evil inclination), and I created the Torah as its antidote" (Kidushin 30b)


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The sages say that גדול תלמוד שמביא לידי מעשה (kiddushin 40b) this can be understood in the technical way, which makes perfect sense, you cannot fulfil the mitzvoth if you don't know what to do, and you never end, there's always more to it. But I understand that statment also in the 'emotional' way. let me explain. Once a person asked the Chazon Ish if he ...


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The Gemara in Berachot 13a says that there is a dispute about whether the Torah was given in Lashon ha-Kodesh or in every language. The Shitah Mekubetzet ibid. cites the Ra'avad who explains that the question is about Torah study: if the Torah was given in every language, one can study it in every language, but if it was not, then one only fulfills והגית בו ...


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At the end of Moreh Nevuchim 3:51, the Rambam presents the level one should aspire to in divine service, in which he trains himself to do more than the minimum in fulfillment of his obligations--one should learn to focus on not only the first pasuk of Shema and the first blessing of Shemoneh Esrei, but throughout. The clear implication is that although one ...


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here's one source Rabeinu Bachya (shaar yichud intro - Chovos Halevavos) derives it from the Shema Afterwards, He proceeded to the commandments of the limbs which require both thought and action, as He said (in the shema): "you shall teach them to your sons". And so that if you don't have a son, you will not mistakenly think that the (commandment ...


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The bal hatanya most certainly does. On the Mishnah in shabbos that all animals that go out with collars... He explains it to be talking about angels and their song


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here's a parable from the shaar bechina ch.3: How analogous these types are to two brothers who inherited from their father a piece of land that needed cultivation. They divided it between themselves. Neither of them possessed anything else. One of them was sensible and industrious; the other was the opposite. The sensible brother realized ...


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Eiruvin 54b א"ר (אליעזר) מאי דכתיב וענקים לגרגרותיך אם משים אדם עצמו כענק זה שרף על הצואר ונראה ואינו נראה תלמודו מתקיים בידו ואם לאו אין תלמודו מתקיים בידו ואמר ר"א מאי דכתיב לחיו כערוגת הבשם אם משים אדם עצמו כערוגה זו שהכל דשין בה וכבושם זה שהכל מתבשמין בה תלמודו מתקיים ואם לאו אין תלמודו מתקיים אמר רב מתנה מאי דכתיב (במדבר כא) וממדבר מתנה אם משים ...


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The Gemara in Megillah 11a says שמואל א יז-יד: ודוד הוא הקטן הוא בקטנותו מתחילתו עד סופו כשם שבקטנותו הקטין עצמו אצל מי שגדול ממנו בתורה כך במלכותו הקטין עצמו אצל מי שגדול ממנו בחכמה "And David was the small one": He remained continually in his smallness. Just as in his youth he lowered himself in from of one who was greater than him in Torah, so too ...


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See the Gemara in Nedarim (55a-b) Rav Yosef says to Rava: מאי דכתיב {במדבר כא-יח} וממדבר מתנה וממתנה נחליאל ומנחליאל במות א''ל כיון שעושה אדם את עצמו כמדבר שהוא מופקר לכל תורה ניתנה לו במתנה שנאמר וממדבר מתנה וכיון שניתנה לו במתנה נחלו אל שנאמר וממתנה נחליאל וכיון שנחלו אל עולה לגדולה שנאמר ומנחליאל במות ואם הגביה עצמו הקב''ה משפילו שנאמר {במדבר ...


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A beraita (Tana d'Vei Eliyahu §17, Kallah Rabbati §8; cf: Avot 6:6) lists amongst those things that enable a person to acquire Torah patience, acceptance of suffering, recognising one's place and relinquishing any desire for greatness. In a similar fashion, the midrash (Tanchuma, Noach §3) notes that one only acquires Torah if he abandons the pursuit for ...



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