I was learning the Maharal on Avos and he strongly denounces the commonly-practised Yeshiva system in use in the Ashkenazic world. Specifically, he complains about starting to learn gemara-rashi-tosafos at a young age. He says he has seen many great Bachurim who could have been very great-- end up ignoramuses through this system.

The present system for Chumash covers maybe one parsha a year. Even that is at a surface level. Very little Nach is studied. A long time is spent on a few pages of gemara. Even in Bekiyus we finish only one masechta in a year without doing Rashi.

This method seems to reduce the possibility of students learning seforim on their own.

Do the sources or contemporary Rabbonim offer methods of study that develop the possibility of their students being able to study independently?

  • I was learning the maharal on Avos and he had highly denounced the commonly-practiced Yeshiva system in use in the Ashkenazic world. - I do want to point out that the custom didn't change despite the Maharal. – ertert3terte Mar 31 '17 at 21:48
  • Since your are asking for suggestions, start by reading through tanach in English, is spite of the potentially contrary advice. Remember that although there is much to learn, you have a lifetime ahead of you. By deciding what you wish to learn, and making a schedule to learn it, you are basically guaranteed to accomplish quite a bit. Over a few years toy can definitely read through the whole tanach in English and learn at least most chumash-rashi-ramban. You can also go systematically through kitzur shulchan aruch for practical halacha. Moving on, or concurrently, you can learn the whole – mevaqesh Mar 31 '17 at 22:23
  • Mishna using English aids. This will take a few years, but is very doable and will provide excellent background. Hatslaha rabba! – mevaqesh Mar 31 '17 at 22:24
  • So you want advice for learning nach in Hebrew b/c a certain Rebbi said not to use English but you want to learn nach in a different way than is taught by that rebbi b/c of a statement by the maharal? Or perhaps I am misunderstanding what you are saying? It seems like perhaps before proceeding how you should learn nach you might want to understand what your learning objectives should be by consulting your mashpia – Laser123 Mar 31 '17 at 22:52

Rav Meir Pogrow has an interesting program seen here where he offers two different methods of learning and reviewing Tanach. He also provides the shiurim and tests to cover all of the material as well.

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/59921/8775. – mevaqesh Apr 2 '17 at 15:53
  • User Tevye notes that Meir Pogrow has been denounced by the leading Rabbis as a Rasha, and it is forbidden to learn Torah from him, see here (he doesn't yet have enough points to post this directly) – mbloch Nov 30 '17 at 19:15

I would reccommend for learning Tanakh to try and learn 2 chapters a day. Azamra.com has an excellent program called Know Your Bible where they send out a daily email with commentary from classic jewish sources on 2 chapters. In this way you will finish all Tanakh in about a year and have an excellent foundation.


I also reccommend Rabbi Rosner on the OU Torah App, he gives 20 min shiurim on Nach great to listen to while driving.

  • Welcome to MY. Since MY is different from other sites you might be used to, see here for a guide which might help understand the site. Your first paragraph should be a comment on the other answer (you will be able to comment once you reach 50 points). The rest of your answer doesn't really answer the question (which sources or contemporary Rabbonim offer methods of study that develop the possibility of their students being able to study independently?). Hope to see you around though ! – mbloch Nov 30 '17 at 19:13
  • I will move your first para in the right place otherwise your answer will receive many downvotes – mbloch Nov 30 '17 at 19:15

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