Questions tagged [torah-study]

Questions about the mitzvah to study Torah, and the nature of Torah study. This tag is not intended to be a general tag about Torah. Almost every question on the site is about Torah in some sense. If your question is about a passage in the Bible, try one of the book tags.

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Meaning of Letters, and Gentiles

I have been learning the kabbalistic meanings for letters (such as beis meaning house and such) to find deeper meaning to the torah is this permissible?
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How did the writer of the pseudo “Assumption of Moses” calculate the time from Moses' death till the advent of a messenger?

I need help understanding a section of a first century Jewish apocryphal apocalyptic work. The Assumption of Moses also known as The Testament of Moses chapter 10: And then His kingdom shall appear ...
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What does 'inspired by God" mean?

Some people say that God wrote the Torah. That is clear and I understand it. Others say that people wrote the Torah. That is also clear and I understand it. Then there are people who say that ...
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13 ways in which the Torah is trampled

I've found a reference in a book to a medieval Italian document which refers to "the 13 ways in which the Torah is trampled and profaned". Can anyone tell me more about these 13 ways?
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What is considered Limud Torah?

If one wants to learn Torah, and doesn’t want to (in general or in that moment) learn Torah She’Bichtav or Torah She’Baal Peh, what is considered learning Torah? I.e, does Igeret HaRamban count? Does ...
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Is silver better than gold?

Why is silver mentioned before gold in the Exodus? Was silver superior to gold in ancient times? Whenever the Torah talks about money the words silver is always mentioned before gold in the Bible (...
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Why did latter Rabbis study Torah in solitude?

From the Talmudic discourse, it appears that there's a special merit of learning Torah in Beis Midrash especially in Chavrutah or with students. However, I recognize an emerging pattern of the latter ...
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Is learning Aleph Bet considered Torah?

Is the studying of Aleph Bet (the hebrew alphabet) considered talmud torah? By studying Aleph Bet, I mean learning how to read and pronounce the letters/words (not the kabbalistic meaning behind the ...
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Introduction to Zeraim

I'm interested in learning the fundamentals of zeraim, and am looking for a good way to familiarize myself with the concepts. I've seen the Rambam's hakdama to the seder, but it's a little longer than ...
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Diseases that Halachically exempt one from Torah and Mitzvot?

BS"D I always heard that one who is a שוטה to a certain extent isn't obligated in Torah and Mitzvot. The first time I saw something similar inside is in Rambam Mishneh Torah (Yad Hachazaka) ...
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Source that learning something about parsha is siman for lishmah

I once heard that if someone incidentally comes across something relating to the parshah during his regular learning, it is a sign that his learning is lishmah. Does anyone have a source for this?
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Nittel Nacht in Israel

Do Gedolim in Israel not learn on Nittel Nacht? The Nitei Gavriel (3:1) writes בארץ ישראל יש אומרים שאין לחוש לניטל אכן רוב הגדולים חשו לזה גם בא"י -- Some say it doesn't apply in Israel, but ...
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Refraining from studying Torah on Christian holidays? [duplicate]

Apparently, some Jews mark the Christian holidays by refraining from studying Torah. Does this practice have any roots in halacha? Do the rabbis sanction it? References? The only such restriction ...
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Is there a prohibition against young boys being taught by women?

Isn't there a prohibition against young boys being taught by women? I swore I saw it in the tamud/midrash/tanakh/Torah but I can't seem to find it anymore.
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What does it mean “to be proficient in Shas and Poskim” as said about Talmidi Chachamim? [closed]

One constantly reads in biographies about Gedolim or at a friend's siyum HaShas that mention how the talmid chacham or guy is a bucky and a maeivin in Shas and poskim. See example in this Wikipedia ...
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Recurring dreams

What is the significance of a recurring dream in Judaism? I remember in the story of Yosef...that a dream repeating twice in a night means the matter is at hand to be fulfilled but it it repeats with ...
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Where does it say Torah can be interpreted 600,000 ways?

I read: As Chazal have said, there are six hundred thousand interpretations of every verse of Torah. [Rabbi Shraga Silverstein, Shemirat Lashon I, The Gate of Torah 1:9] Where does Chazal say that?
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Sfarim vs. Stand-alone sources

BSD I was learning with my Chavrusa the other day from a source sheet, and he displayed some surprise when I reached for the Sefer where the particular cited source was referenced. Upon asking why I ...
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Why does the Torah require interpretation? [duplicate]

Forgive me my tendency to question the foundations. I can surely understand the Halachic interpretations and exegesis of the text required to infer practical laws. Without it, we could not probably ...
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Does anyone know of an online source for חידושי רב נחום?

Seeing if anyone knows somewhere online I can get ahold of the sfarim of Nochum Partzovitz on shas.‎ I think they're called חידושי רב נחום Thanks! Edit:‎ Ideally free,‎ but curious either way
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Good quality Shulchan Aruch series, in audio or video?

I want to have an understanding of common Halacha and have an understanding of halacha. Do you know any good source for good quality Shulchan Aruch series, in audio or video?
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Looking for a solid Online Semicha

I would love to get a semicha online. ( I have a job and family) I am looking at it as a mile-stone (a degree I am proud of), not as a source of parnasa . Any program you know which is trustworthy? I ...
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Does one learning individually say the yehi ratzon?

In every Schottenstein Gemara, the front cover comes equipped with two Yehi Ratzon prayers, one before and one after learning. These prayers include phrases that mention learning with a friend/partner....
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Why in Sidra Ki Tavo G-d is intended to curse the source - trees and not the product (oil and wine)

In Sidra Ki Tavo, Book of Deuteronomy 28:39-40. It is mentioned that if the sons of Israel won't obey G-d commands and Mitzvot they will get punishments. כְּרָמִים תִּטַּע, וְעָבָדְתָּ; וְיַיִן לֹא-...
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Who payed for the money that Joseph returned to his brothers?

It is known that at the first time Joseph ask to return the money that his brother paid for the grains to their bags. Joseph was a leader of the Egypt nation. The money he got for the grains belongs ...
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Why didn't Abraham try to persuade Sodom people to repent and regret for their sins?

It is known that Abraham was strong spiritually and physically. He won the war of the four kings. He was afraid of nothing but G-d. It is also known that Abraham tried to ask for mercy and tried to ...
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Did the prophets deal with another divine being?

Hosea 1:7 וְאֶת־בֵּ֤ית יְהוּדָה֙ אֲרַחֵ֔ם וְהֽוֹשַׁעְתִּ֖ים בַּיהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיהֶ֑ם וְלֹ֣א אֽוֹשִׁיעֵ֗ם בְּקֶ֤שֶׁת וּבְחֶ֙רֶב֙ וּבְמִלְחָמָ֔ה בְּסוּסִ֖ים וּבְפָרָשִֽׁים׃ But I will accept the House ...
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Resources that bring out interesting scientific/historic/academic related discussions from the daf?

I have a relative that invests a few hours a day learning daf yomi, yet he recently admitted that he does this solely because he believes it's a good thing thing to do but not because he actually ...
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Definiton of Selicha in Tanakh vs. Rabbinic Interpretation

As is par for the course this time of year I'm thinking a lot about the idea of "selicha", coming right off the tails of Yom Kippur and selichot. I'm conflicted about the idea of forgiveness/...
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Is there a Tosofos on Chumash?

I heard from a Rosh yeshiva that there is a commentary from the Tosofos on Chumash that is not widely discussed. Wondering if anyone here is well versed in manuscripts and might be able to comment. ...
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Can learning apocrypha count as Talmud Torah?

According to this post, the apocrypha may be permissible to learn. Would learning it count as Talmud Torah?
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Is there a list of non-Hebrew words and names in the Torah?

Not all words in the Torah are in Hebrew. A famous example is Lavan calling the Gal-Ed "Yigar Sahadutah" which is the Aramaic version of Gal-Ed. Another example is what the gemara says about ...
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Are the Torah's 5 Book divisions (Bereshit, etc.) justified by the Hebrew text?

I wonder if the Hebrew text divides the scroll of Moses as clearly into 5 Books/Sections as modern translations do (by adding titles as if they are 5 books of Moses), or whether, for example, the ...
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Did Ezra abrogate the Mosaic Law in Num. xviii. 21,(according to Yeb. 86b, Ḥul. 131b)?

According to http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/636-abrogation-of-laws The ancient rabbis claimed authority, not only to make new provisions and to establish institutions as a "hedge&...
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Praises about Chok L'Yisroel

I have started learning Chok L'Yisroel and enjoying it thoroughly. I'm just wondering if there are any praises / segulas associated with it?
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At what point is someone considered תורתו אומנתו?

There is a Halachic category called תורתו אומנתו, which means that Torah is your profession. At what point is someone considered to be at this level? Is it a qualitative or quantitative count? How ...
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Where is the rest of Rabbi Shmuel Belkin's manuscript of The Midrash of Philo?

I am currently researching Philo of Alexandria, also known as Philon (פילון) or Yedidyah HaKohen of Alexandria. There is a book that was prepared in manuscript by Rabbi Shmuel (Samuel) Belkin, z”l, ...
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Reciting the parshiyyot of the tefillin on Tish'ah BeAv

Some have the custom to read all four parshiyyot contained in the tefillin while wearing them. (See e.g. Mishnah Berurah 25:16.) It is forbidden to learn Torah on Tish'ah BeAv, but one may recite ...
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Can one make a Siyum During Shiva?

Related to this, this, this and this. During Shiva, a mourner is allowed to study Sefer Iyov. Assuming that learning this one sefer is enough to make a siyum, could a mourner make a siyum during the ...
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Can one study about the Beis Hamikdash on tisha bav?

I know that we cannot study any Torah which makes us happy on tisha bav- which is generally any Torah (source needed). Based on that, is it generally accepted among (ashkenazi) poskim that studying ...
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Creating Free Torah Educational Tool Counting as Ma'aser?

If I have an idea for a Talmud study aid, and I can't find such an aid online, and I pay someone to create it for myself, but I also put it up on the internet for anyone to use, does that count as ...
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Separating Torah study from Hebrew study

I once heard there is a requirement to separate learning Hebrew from the learning of Torah; that there is an assur on doing basic Hebrew learning based on what one wants or has to study in the Torah ...
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Non Jew and Torah Study

"Rabbi Meir would say: ‘From where is it derived that even a non-Jew who engages in Torah study is considered like a High Priest? It is derived from that which is stated: “[You shall therefore ...
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Is it permissible to learn Hilchot Teshuva on Tisha Beav?

The Shulchan Aruch paskens (OC 554) that it is forbidden to learn most parts of Torah on Tisha Beav, except for a few small sections about aveilut. The question is: the Shulchan Aruch doesn't ...
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May one memorize large swaths of Tanach?

It feels like a waste to memorize Keats or Cavafy when I can memorize Torah; however, I learned in yeshiva that one may not memorize psukim. What are the sources for this?
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What is studying “Torah”? [closed]

We are enjoined to study the "Torah". Joshua told Israel: לֹֽא־יָמ֡וּשׁ סֵפֶר֩ הַתּוֹרָ֨ה הַזֶּ֜ה מִפִּ֗יךָ וְהָגִ֤יתָ בּוֹ֙ יוֹמָ֣ם וָלַ֔יְלָה Let not this Book of the Torah cease from ...
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Are you obligated to study the Zohar? [closed]

Are we Jews obligated to study the Zohar in particular, or at we at liberty to ignore it completely? (I mean ignore it as part of one's systematic studies. We obviously never totally ignore it. Our ...
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To whom was the Torah given?

A midrash says: The Torah was given openly, in a public place. For if it were given in Eretz Yisrael, they could say to the nations of the world: You have no portion in it. But it was given openly, ...
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How are we to understand כל עדת בנ״י

Especially in this week’s Parsha, shelach, but also throughout all of tanach, how are we to understand the statement כל עדת בנ״י and other similar statements referring to the Jewish nation as a whole? ...
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Symbolism of Childbirth impurity differences male and female children in Leviticus 12? [duplicate]

I am a gentile asking for Jewish insight regarding the differences in ritual impurity time that comes from child birth (the time is doubled for baby girls). As a Christian, I got ideas from my ...

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