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Aryeh Kaplan’s Jewish Meditation, page 27:

I recall that when I was in yeshivah, a few friends and I decided to have a contest to see who could memorize the most pages of Talmud. For me, it was an interesting experience. The first page took considerable effort and time, perhaps several hours. As I continued, each page became progressively easier. Eventually, after ten pages or so, I found that I could memorize a page after three or four readings. By the time I had gone through some twenty pages, I could memorize a page with a single reading. What had originally been extremely difficult had become relatively easy. My friends reported the same experience.

Any personal or recorded (similar or of greater value) success stories of this?

[I ask specifically from a corner of Torah study in pertaining to Judaism and it’s Torah study]

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    Doesn't say if he was speaking of word-memorization or content alone. (Re. the latter, see R. Yehuda of Modena's Lev Ha'aryeh for memory techniques and R. Yehoshua Cohen (AKA "Shas Cohen") in describing proper methodology to study and review Talmud and successfully committing it to memory.) – Oliver Jun 25 '18 at 21:36
  • *Cohen in his 'Kerem Yehoshua' describing... – Oliver Jun 26 '18 at 0:49
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    @Oliver Even memorizing the content of each amud of Talmud in one read is amazing! :D – ezra Jun 26 '18 at 2:16
  • Once I heard something that to be admitted to the jeshivah of Lublin before the war, you had to know something like 20 dafim by heart. – Kazi bácsi Jun 26 '18 at 5:01
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    @Kazibácsi According to Wikipedia, the entrance exam required mastery of some 400 (!) dafim: מבחני הקבלה דרשו שליטה במסכתות יומא, פסחים, ביצה, ברכות ושבת בגמרא, עם מפרשים - בסך הכל מעל ל-400 דפי גמרא. he.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – IsraelReader Jun 26 '18 at 17:59

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