I'm sure there are many different ways to become a talmid chochom, and I'm also sure that what it took to become one 1,000 years ago is different than what it would take today. Furthermore I am leaving the term talmid chochom as undefined because it necessarily means different things to different people.

What I would like to know is if there is any regiment that is prescribed for someone nowadays that has been shown to frequently, successfully produce talmidei chochomim and if so what does it consist of?

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  • There is really only one way and that is to have a good teacher. I dont think any talmid chochom was ever self taught. It is only once you know how to learn that you can use seforim to teach you further. – patient Dec 21 '17 at 21:56
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    "I am leaving the term talmid chochom as undefined because it necessarily means different things to different people." Yet you ask how to become one! How is this answerable? Would "Do increasingly many push-ups a day" be a valid answer? If not, why not? – msh210 Dec 21 '17 at 22:29
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    @hazoriz no, look at the quote on the right of the page. At least I think that's the intention. – Heshy Dec 22 '17 at 1:08

I recall the answer to How do you get to Carnegie Hall?. The answer is practice practice practice. Similarly one needs to constantly study Torah and always review what one has learned with both a chacham as a teacher and a good chavrusa. Many chachamim are said to have made a siyum by learning during five minute breaks such as during a mi shebeirach or while waiting to be called up at a chasuna.

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  • Practice will get you nowhere if you dont know how to learn. Unlike secular studies there doesnt seem to be any good Jewish books on how to learn. So one must have a good teacher. Also one has to know the language well. There ought to be a list of easy gemoros. One should do writing as much as possible, but one must also learn how to write summaries of gemoros. The artscroll way isnt always the best. – patient Dec 22 '17 at 9:36
  • One also has to learn to be medayek properly. For instance above I wrote one has to have a good teacher. Someone understood that meant for his whole life. That is not the way to be medayek if it was a gemoro – patient Dec 22 '17 at 11:43

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