There is a Benayahu on Taanit 11a I think that may hint to this, but not clear enough. Is there an actual source for "1 hour learning on shabbat is like 1000 hours during the week"?

  • The source is the Benayahu Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 23:47
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    image He never discusses the idea of 1-1000. Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 1:37
  • I don't think the source is a Zohar, because when he says Mekubalim it usually means the Ari. BN BH I'll look in the Ari. Thank you very much. Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 23:29
  • hebrewbooks.org/… Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 23:33

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Ben Ish Chai Shemot Shana Bet, the drasha at the beginning. He states that the action you do in Torah on Shabbat is 1000 times greater than that action during the week.


I have heard that the source of this Ben Ish Chai is a Zohar, however I have as of yet been unable to locate it.

The wording of the Ben Ish Chai is על פי המקובלים, שהלימוד בשבת פועל פי אלף מהלימוד בימות החול

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    One time I was listening to a Devar Torah or a Shiur and the Magid Shiur was like maybe 30 years old, and someone said something to him and he quoted the Zohar, so they Maggid said "zeh lo katuv bazahor-it's not written in the Zohar." People may think that's arrogance, but he was telling the truth- a few months ago I learned that this young guy learned the entire Zohar, Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi as well as other books. =I think I will ask him this question even though I don't like to bother him too much. Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 22:28

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