Is it allowed to study Chumash with commentary (e.g. ArtScroll Chumash) by myself? Which aspects of Torah study are forbidden to do alone?

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    "Aseh lekha rav", but if that's not possible, nothing wrong with studying alone from recognized sources. Dec 10, 2023 at 20:55
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    Related and worth a read Shaine: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/15140/31534
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Dec 10, 2023 at 21:01
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    For sure Chumash isn't forbidden to learn by oneself, though one should make sure to learn Rashi and not just other commentaries - Rashi is the pashut peshat, the most basic explanation, and is necesary to understand what the Pasuk is saying.
    – Kovy Jacob
    Dec 11, 2023 at 0:07
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    It is a wonderful thing to do. Ideally you would have a rabbi or other knowledgeable friend available so that you can discuss your questions with. The Artscroll Stone chumash is an excellent compendium of commentaries to start with. I am not aware that learning alone is ever forbidden but the closer you get to the secrets of the Torah (e.g., Kabalah, Zohar), the harder and more risky it becomes to misunderstand.
    – mbloch
    Dec 11, 2023 at 4:19
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    @ShaineLeah That quote is referring to someone who isolates themselves. Even in yeshivos where people have chavrusas, one still spends time learning on one's own. Especially chumash, where most people do not have partners.
    – N.T.
    Dec 11, 2023 at 17:19


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