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If one started out his life pursuing a career how difficult would it be for him to switch gears and enroll in a kollel or yeshivah to become a full time torah learner?

What sort of options are available in regards to making a living?

How can one know if it's right for him?

Does it make a difference if his level is not as advanced as someone who went to kollel straight after yeshivah without any breaks?

What can he expect to experience after beginning such a transition?

  • Unless you add some objective measures of assessment, I think this is primarily opinion based. – Y     e     z Jan 5 '15 at 18:55
  • YeZ, would help to change the title from "how difficult" to "what can one expect"? – Ani Yodea Jan 5 '15 at 18:58
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    Rabbi Akiva was 40 years old and never learned Torah. Once he saw a rock with a hole carved into it by water dripping on it daily. He said, "If something soft can penetrate something hard, surely Torah, which is hard as iron, can penetrate a heart of flesh and blood." He immediately went to study Torah with his son in a class for schoolchildren. He began by learning the alphabet, and after 13 years he was teaching Torah to the masses. (Avos d'Rabbi Nassan 6:2) – Fred Jan 5 '15 at 19:04
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    I think this is a good set of questions, but wonder if it should be broken up. "What programs are out there for this type of learner", "what can he expect", and "how does he know if it's right for him" should probably be separate questions, no? – Monica Cellio Jan 5 '15 at 19:23
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    @Matt Weathering. – Fred Jan 5 '15 at 19:41

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