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Questions about Jewish education, also known as Chinuch.

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Teaching Gemara to a beginner to prepare for yeshiva. Goal is basic fluency. Looking for a simple perek/masechet to learn. Thanks!

He's a senior in high school and a very smart, analytical fellow though he lacks some basic textual skills because he's in public school. Going for gap year yeshiva next year and they said he should ...
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Learn more in depth vs basics with someone else

If a learned person has the choice of learning something by themselves that they never learned before and going in depth into it, vs learning with someone who otherwise wouldn’t learn but you’d be ...
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Hashkafic reasons for not teaching secular topics

What are hashkafic reasons that some Jewish schools not teach secular science and only focus on religious education, when there are doctrines in Kabbalah about the natural universe being ...
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Bar Mitzva Blessing [duplicate]

When a father says for his son ברוך שפטרני מעונשו של זה after his son read from the Torah-roll, he is according to some opinions, not only freeing himself from the punishment of his son's ...
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Difference between positive and negative Mitzvos when it comes to Chinuch

The Mishnah Berurah (343:3) writes that when it comes to positive Mitzvos, Chinuch begins from when the child is able to understand the purpose of that specific Mitzvah, but when it comes to negative ...
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Quality books of fiction with a strong/positive Jewish message for teens/adults

My children (BH) are avid readers, enjoy fiction and happily read books of considerable length. I am looking for books, novels, fiction, historical fiction that are interesting (primarily for teens) ...
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Washing a newborn's hands in the morning - identifying sources

I am currently looking at the concept of Negel Vasser - washing hands in the morning, and how it pertains to chinuch. There is an apparent machlokes amongst the poskim with there being those who say: ...
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Is posting Torah to the internet considered teaching gentiles Torah?

Does the prohibition of teaching Torah to gentiles encompass putting Torah out on the internet for all to see?
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Does contemporary orthodox Judaism teach that "Satan" exists?

The figure of Satan (and not a שטן, which can be used as an adjective or a role) - an opposite counterpart to God, or a rebellious angel who has embraced, and epitomizes evil - is quite prominent in ...
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Broken family, what resources does Judaism offer in books, teaching, old and contemporary about incorporating loving parent archetypes?

Both mother and father were entirely demonstrative of negative aspects only. Would like to utilize Judaic teachings, perhaps in a contemporary orthodox-oriented book that's very well written and ...
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Torah-teaching of Rav Edelstein zt"l: enjoy your learning

I've heard a shiur from Rabbi Daniel Glatstein on the teachings of Rav Gershon Edelstein zt"l in which Rav Edelstein zt"l describes what the obligations of a teacher of Torah should have in ...
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Which books have lots of chassidic and kabbalah insights on regular, halachic gemaras?

I teach a gemara shiur to older folks, with a focus on skill-building (understanding the structure and logic behind the gemara). I find that sometimes -- to give a little peek at how the Torah is so ...
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What are Obligations of teachers to their students

What are the obligations of a teacher of the Torah to his students. Or what are the laws that a teacher, rebbe, Rav must follow.
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How many hours a day should we dedicate to spending time with our children vs. learning?

As far as I can tell from experience, common wisdom, common sense and perhaps my Torah learning, it seems quality time spent talking, playing and generally interacting with one's parents is like ...
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Socialising children - what does the Torah say?

Does the Torah have anything to say on socialising children? There are many relevant points. I would like to know at what age and in what method should one do so. Included in these points: At what ...
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What is the Torah position on home schooling vs. institutionalised education?

Is there a preference, in Torah/Talmud/traditional sources, between sending a child to a large (Jewish traditional) school, vs. the parents (assuming they are frum, and have the time and resources), ...
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Father liable for his own hitting?

So a father “gets all the sins” of his son until the son becomes a bar mitzvah, where he is then responsible for his own sins. But if a son below bar mitzvah hits his father, violating a לא תעשה, does ...
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To what extent would the kings of Israel and Judah have been involved in the upbringing and instruction of their children?

To what extent would the kings of Israel and Judah have been involved in the upbringing and instruction of their children? Are there any Biblical references that can help determine this?
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What is the difference between mida k'negged mida and nekama

Not a kasha, a sincere question. What is the exact reason that mida k'negged mida is not considered revenge? Issues that may or may not be relevant: Is it just because it is Hashem doing it? Does ...
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Do Jews believe in exorcism and what is the biblical basis for it?

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe in exorcisms (ie the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons, jinns, or other malevolent spiritual entities from a person) but does the Jewish ...
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Did the Levites and Priests Ever Teach the Oral Law? If not, Why not?

I've learned that the basic transmission of the oral law was: Moses > Joshua > Elders > Prophets > Great Assembly > Specific Rabbis But this seems to run contradictory from what we'd ...
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Differences in Biblical literalism between different Haredi movements

When interpreting Biblical passages, some are taken absolutely literally (the Exodus), some are advised not to be taken literally (for example the days of the Creation), and some are commanded not to ...
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Semichas haparshios between Shemini and Tazria

I have seen a fairly well-known dvar torah numerous times that links the end of the Parshas Shemini with the beginning of Parshas Tazria - but I am trying to find the source of it. The vort is as ...
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Masechta Kiddushin: Teaching your son a craft/trade - apparent contradiction?

Do any mefarshim make the following observation? The gemara in Kiddushin 29a famously says: תְּנֵינָא לְהָא דְּתָנוּ רַבָּנַן הָאָב חַיָּיב בִּבְנוֹ לְמוּלוֹ וְלִפְדוֹתוֹ וּלְלַמְּדוֹ תּוֹרָה ...
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Why does the speaker not attribute to ALL sources?

On 16b of Masechet Avodah Zarah, the gemara recounts a situation in which R' Zeira tells of a fact he learned from R' Yehudah. R' Yehudah learned it from someone important but doesn't recall if it was ...
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Does The Entire Orthodox World Hold Rashi In The Same Regard?

I know how integral Rashi’s Torah Commentary is in the Askenaz community (in their Yeshivot they begin teaching it pretty much as soon as kids can read). I was wondering if this was also true in the ...
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Gemara B'iyun - Teaching and Learning [closed]

I want to learn Gemara b'iyun in the same way that it is learned in the great Yeshivos. Please can I have suggestions of source material that will take me forward in this. Where can I get shiurim ...
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Why is hitting children Halachically allowed?

Corporal punishment for children is was a as a prescription for effective Torah learning, as it says : "He who spares the rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him early." ...
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May a girl/women receive voice lessons by a male instructor?

Private one-on-one lessons, not group lessons. All Halachos of Yichud and Shomer Negiah are being kept to, so I guess the main question that remains is regarding the live Kol Isha (which is being ...
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Why isn't Moses mentioned teaching Torah to his sons?

The Torah says: This is the line of Aaron and Moses at the time that the Lord spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. These were the names of Aaron’s sons: Nadav, the first-born, and Avihu, Eleazar and ...
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Chinuch in personal hygiene

Are there any sources (from any period in time as long as they come from a respectable source please) that demonstrates the need to educate one's child in the importance of cleanliness and personal ...
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What do the independent-minded Hebrew letters teach us?

God renames Sarai "Sarah" [Genesis 17:15], removing a yod at the end and replacing it with a heh. Later, the name of Hoshea. Moses' successor, is changed to Joshua, adding a yod. [Numbers ...
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Did the Jews share some of the oral Torah's teachings and stories with the gentiles before the the 7th century?

I have found out that some Christians before the 7th century knew and borrowed concepts that are not found in the Tanakh but are found in the midrash, e.g., the story of Abraham and Nimrod, the story ...
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Before the Babylonian Exile of The Kingdom of Yehudah, was there any type of formal schooling in Ancient Israel (Northern and Southern Kingdom)?

Doing research on how educational practices in Ancient Yisrael (both the Northern and Southern Kingdom), I could only find reference to how schooling (formalized) was done post-Babylonian Exile. I ...
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Are Stack communities fundamentally incompatible with Jewish learning? [closed]

What would happen if שאינו יודע לשאול encountered a Stack site? Is the practice of downvoting and the general ethos of having community-imposed standards for questions in conflict with tenets of ...
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Who comes first, father or teacher?

The Rambam writes [based on Pirkei Avot 4:12, Keritot 28a and other places]: Just as a person is commanded to honor and revere his father, so is he under an obligation to honor and revere his teacher,...
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What are the limits of what we should try to learn?

In the Mishnah, Ben Zoma famously said: אֵיזֶהוּ חָכָם, הַלּוֹמֵד מִכָּל אָדָם -- Who is wise? He who learns from every man. [Avot 4:1] What does it mean? (1) That every individual who enters your ...
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Rav Moshe on Midrash about Avraham sending his son to get water

I recently read the following here p.8 (third column): Similarly, Reb Moshe comments on the Midrash that is critical of Avraham Avinu for sending his son to get water for his guests instead of ...
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How should I start to talk to my kids about G-d? [duplicate]

How should I start to talk to my kids about G-d? How do I explain that there is a G-d in the first place, what or whom G-d is, the importance of having Him in their lives etc. The importance or ...
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Who is "your teacher"?

There is an injunction that you may not give a halakhic opinion in the presence of "your teacher". The Talmud says: The sons of Aaron died only because they issued a halakhic ruling before ...
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Where can I find the Halacha that a scribe who is unsure of a letter on a sacred text, can ask the opinion of a young child versed in the aleph-Bet?

I was told about a law that a scribe who is unsure about a letter in a mezuzah/Torah/tefillin, can ask a child who is versed in Aleph-Bet if it is Kosher or not. Where can I find it?
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Why can one get paid for teaching written law but not oral law?

In his Sefer Ha-mada (Book of Knowledge, Talmud Torah 1:7), the Rambam says: Where it is customary to charge a fee for teaching the written Torah, it is permissible to charge a fee for such ...
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מורה vs. הורה - Implication in difference of the word

It seems that the hebrew words for Teacher and Parent are the same root which means to teach. I am looking for what the מ (מורה) and (הורה) ה do to the words that help define their roles. Update: (...
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Seeking a source for Keruvim as destructive angels vs saintly children

I was wondering if anyone could please help me - I am seeking the source for the following vort: The Keruvim in Bereishis are described as destructive angles guarding gan eden, but we know them also ...
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Moshe's mussar of bnei reuven and bnei gad - medrash source

I was wondering if the oilam could please help me find the specific source in the medrash... I read from Rabbi Yissochor Frand shlita (here) how Moshe criticised the Bnei Reuven and Gad after they ...
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Which schools in the United States offer a Bachelors of Talmudic Law degree? [closed]

There is a baccalaureate degree known as a Bachelor of Talmudic Law (BTL) which some yeshivot award for post high school study. The requirements of this degree tend to vary by institution (example) I ...
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Rav S.R. Hirsch and fairy tales

There's a famous criticism Rav Hirsch had about fairy tales- I think he was responding to the Grimm Brothers specifically. He says that reading such stories are very bad chinuch, since it affects our ...
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What should someone tell a 10 year-old who wants to be “ Frum” and daven with a minyan while we have coronavirus? [closed]

In New York it’s dangerous for a grown-up to daven with a minyan. If a child says he wants to be Daven with a minyan - what is the right response? One could point out that he is not obligated in any ...
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Permissibility of shortening long Brachot for teaching to children

Many children are old enough to learn short brachot (and somewhat understand them, if explained), but don't have the memory/patience for longer brachot. Frustratingly, many of the brachot that could ...
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Teaching Torah to circumcised non-Jews

In his supercommentary to Rashi Genesis 7:2, R. Yissechar Ber Eilenberg cites the following from his teacher R. Mordecha Yaffe: וטעם שאסור ללמוד תורה לגוי הוא מפני הערלה שבו ויש בו סוד שלא להכניס ...
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