Is it permitted to learn Torah with one's wife?

And if so, are there any special recommendations for what to study with her?

Generally speaking I understand that men don't take women as Chavrutas, related or otherwise.

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    Related (to the "what would be appropriate to learn" question): (1) "Is it forbidden for a woman to learn Gemara"? (2) "Women and Oral Law".
    – Tamir Evan
    Commented Jun 30, 2019 at 1:22
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    Do you have any reason to think that it wouldn't be permitted or appropriate? It's best to include whatever prior information you know, or whatever research you've done, so that you can get the best possible answer and so that answerers don't merely provide you with information that you're already aware of.
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 30, 2019 at 1:49
  • @Alex I have edited the question. The crux of it is that I haven't seen men learn with women outside of teaching their daughters.
    – Finnegan
    Commented Jun 30, 2019 at 22:40
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    @Finnegan that's probably because they don't often go to Shul to learn together but rather sit at home while the kids sleep
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 30, 2019 at 22:50

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There is no reason to prohibit learning Torah with one's wife, and indeed many husbands and fathers learn with their wives or daughters.

Recommendations for what to study is a personal preference, as the gemara in Avoda Zara 19a writes

Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi says: A person can learn Torah only from a place in the Torah that his heart desires, as it is stated: But his delight is in the Torah of the Lord, i.e., his delight is in the part of the Torah that he wishes to study.

Depending on the person, learning the parasha of the week, the meaning of the holidays, emuna might all be relevant. There are also certain areas of halacha which are critical to a woman, e.g., Shabbat, kashrut, nidda. Examples of books I have found helpful here are

You can ask more specific questions if looking for recommendations in specific areas (e.g., emuna).

  • It all depends on how much time you want to spend in this Chavrusa. Another option to consider is Daf Yomi (or some other "Yomi" style study)
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 30, 2019 at 4:06

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