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While we have to learn the entire Torah, I remember once learning that "everyone has a specific area of Torah that they're specifically drawn to/ naturally comes easier to them"
(for example: monetary laws, Hilchos Sukkah, Yoreh Deah etc).

Is there a source for where this idea can be found?

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    I'm not sure if it's exactly that or it's its "practical implication" in that every person has a specific set or types of mitzvoth that the is attracted to. – DanF Jul 22 at 17:44
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    How is this different from everyone having a favorite food that it needs a source? Is this more of an ontological claim? – Double AA Jul 22 at 17:51
  • @DanF yep or that too – alicht Jul 22 at 17:52
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    On a mystical level - I don’t know, though on a practical level Chazal seemed OK and likely encouraged individuals to pursue personal interest in different areas of Torah. See AZ 19a. Often enough when a sage would “enter a different playing field” he was remonstrated with a “stick to your forte” (“...כלך ל”). – Oliver Jul 22 at 17:54
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You probably refer to Gemmorah in Avodah Zarah 19a:

אָמַר רַבִּי: אֵין אָדָם לוֹמֵד תּוֹרָה אֶלָּא מִמָּקוֹם שֶׁלִּבּוֹ חָפֵץ,
.(שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: "כִּי אִם בְּתוֹרַת ה' חֶפְצוֹ"(תהילים א, ב

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).

THe Gemmorah continues with some examples:

לוי ור"ש ברבי יתבי קמיה דרבי וקא פסקי סידרא סליק ספרא לוי אמר לייתו [לן] משלי ר"ש ברבי אמר לייתו [לן] תילים כפייה ללוי ואייתו תילים כי מטו הכא כי אם בתורת ה' חפצו פריש רבי ואמר אין אדם לומד תורה אלא ממקום שלבו חפץ אמר לוי רבי נתת לנו רשות לעמוד

The Gemara relates: Levi and Rabbi Shimon, son of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, were sitting before Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, and they were learning the Torah portion. When they finished the book that they were learning and were ready to begin a new subject, Levi said: Let them bring us the book of Proverbs; and Rabbi Shimon, son of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, said: Let them bring us the book of Psalms. He compelled Levi to acquiesce, and they brought a book of Psalms. When they arrived here, at the verse: “But his delight is in the Torah of the Lord,” Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi explained the verse and said: A person can learn Torah only from a place in the Torah that his heart desires. Levi said: My teacher, you have given us, i.e., me, permission to rise and leave, as I wish to study Proverbs, not Psalms.

  • Thanks for the answer! Kind of like this but with more specific wording, ie like in the question – alicht Jul 22 at 17:54
  • Please,read the whole page, because many different aspects are discussed there. – Al Berko Jul 22 at 17:55
  • Maybe you mean the end of the posuk - בתורתו יהגה - [the person] will emerge his own Torah, so to say. – Al Berko Jul 22 at 17:58

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