Aside from the Tanakh, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch, Mishne Torah and the likes..... Is reading normal books about practical laws in Judaism considered "Torah Study"? I mean books like "To Be a Jew" for example. It deals with several aspect of every day Jewish life from Blessings, to Kashering, to going to Synagogue, explaining how to slaughter the animal, how to behave, modesty, etc.

  • how about just asking what constitutes torah study
    – ray
    Aug 27, 2015 at 21:15
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    How are you differentiating MT, SA, et al from practical halakha books? Aug 28, 2015 at 0:03
  • @ShamanSTK since MT and SA are considered classical books if I am not mistaken.
    – mil
    Aug 28, 2015 at 3:36
  • @mil personally, I don't see that has a substantive difference. They weren't always classical and they were studied as Torah in their day. Aug 28, 2015 at 19:54

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Mishna B'rura 554:5 says one may not issue halachic rulings or hear a court case on 9 Av (when Torah study is forbidden) "because law is Torah". The same would seem to me to apply to practical-halacha books of te sort you mention, but, as always, consult your rabbi if this is a practical question for you.

  • I'm missing the connection of this ruling and the more general ruling as it would answer the question.
    – DanF
    Aug 28, 2015 at 13:50

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