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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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Which Mesivta volumes contain appendixes?

I’d like to compile a list of the various features found at the end of select Mesivta volumes. They usually provide extra help with Gemara study using fancy charts and the like.
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Is there anything wrong with correcting your Rabbi in front of other people?

If your Rabbi tells you something about Torah and you know that he is incorrect, and this has happened in the past and the Rabbi admitted his mistake, are you then allowed to correct the Rabbi if a ...
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Causing Bitul Torah to the Choleh when visiting

Visiting the sick - Bikur Cholim - is the type of Mitzvah that often/usually cannot be done by others (since every person potentially makes a difference), and therefore one has an obligation to do so ...
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How to feel about not liking Gemara?

Is there any literature discussing the idea that someone could simply not like learning Gemara or find it very difficult and painful to learn? I'm looking for sources that discuss how to respond to ...
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Is one allowed to learn Torah/ make Brachos in front of a dog?

I know one is allowed to own a dog, and mistama the dog moves around the house wherever it wants, plops down wherever etc. Was wondering if one is allowed to learn Torah/ daven/ make brachos in the ...
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Was Moshe punished for converting the Erev Rav?

Does anything in the Torah mention that Moshe was punished for converting the Erev Rav and taking them out of Egypt?
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Acquiring Torah without Subvocalization

The Mishnah in Avos (6.6) tells of difference ways to acquire Torah. Here is Rashi’s commentary on one of the items, translated by Sefaria.org. בַּעֲרִיכַת שְׂפָתַיִם. שֶׁאֵינוֹ מְגַמְגֵּם ...
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Study of which parts of the Torah is considered as being involved in study of the Sheva Mitzvot B'nei Noach?

According to the Rambam(Mishneh Torah ~ Sefer Shoftim ~ Melachim uMilchamot ~ Chaper 10 ~ Halacha 9) a goy who studies the Torah is obligated to die. They should only be involved in the study of their ...
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Mikraos Gedolos set of the entire Tanakh?

I will start by saying that I know nothing and must admit I was raised Christian. I had some curiosity as to why Christians are Christian when our guy that we are supposed to imitate and be like told ...
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Listening to a shiur online while doing something else

Would one get the reward of Learning Torah by leaving a shiur in the background, hearing it subconsciously, while doing something else such as working or watching another video? (He is listening more ...
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Why wasn't Adam Harishon given the Torah?

If Adom Harishon was the purpose of the entire creation, why didn't Hashem give him the Torah? We know that Hashem used the Torah as the blueprint for creation, so it seems strange it was not given ...
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How do most Rabbis justify teaching Torah to conversion candidates?

According to the Rambam ( Shoftim ~ Melachim uMilchamot ~ Chapter 10 ~ Halacha 9), a non-Jew who studies Torah is obligated to die and a non-Jew should only study his Seven mitzvot. I reason that it ...
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Is there a need to to know the deceased's name when studying in his merit?

I have been asked many times by friends to study (usually Mishanyos) as a merit for their recently deceased relative. In most such occasions, I was given the deceased's name, in order to have them in ...
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Listening to Multiple Shiurim at the Same Time

Most computers offer a feature where you can have several tabs open at the same time and play different audio at the same time as well. If one listens to different shiurim on each tab, let’s say about ...
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Is asking questions on Mi Yodeya considered learning “Torah l'shma?”

Due to the mechanics of Stack Overflow- upvoting, accepting answers, getting medals, unlocking privileges- there are many factors that encourage and reward active participation on Stack Overflow and ...
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Learning Torah in places with no Yeshivot

There are still many people in this world who want to learn Torah but do not have a chance yet due to the fact that there are no yeshivot around etc. What would be the best and easiest way for ...
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Luchot HaBrit; first time receiving Torah passively and a second time actively

Once I read an article which talked about Exodus 31:18 and compared it with Exodus 34:1. In the first verse G-d gave the tablets (His work, His writing, 32:16), the second verse teaches Moshe needed ...
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What are the steps to learn via Aliba DaHilchasa? [duplicate]

How does one learn Aliba Dehilchasa? What are the main steps? Does it mean to learn the Gemara and then look up the Halacha? Does it mean to Learn a Pasuk then a Gemara then a Halacha? Does it ...
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Is it permitted to browse Mi Yodeya on Christmas Eve?

Some communities have the custom to avoid learning Torah (some have the custom to avoid learning publicly) on Christmas Eve, known as Nittel Nacht. Would they allow one to browse this website? What ...
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What does one have to know to be called a Talmid Chochum?

What does one have to know in order to be called a "Talmid Chochum"? Hypothetically speaking if one knew Tanach or Medresh Rabbah well or even all 4 parts of Shulchan Aruch relatively well, then is he ...
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What does it mean “someone knows Kol Torah Kulah”?

What constitutes as Kol Torah Kulah? I hear people saying this all the time, that this Rabbi knows "Kol Torah Kulah".
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Why are there extraneous words in vaykra (Leviticus) 17:3?

I am struggling to understand VAYIKRA (Book of Leviticus) Chapter 17 (http://www.breslov.com/bible/Leviticus17.htm#3) verses 3 and 4. I have read Are there extraneous words in Torah? (Are there ...
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Torah Study in English

Will one receive the reward of Learning Torah if they read the Tanach, Gemara, Shulchan Aruch, etc. in English if English is their mother tongue? Please cite sources.
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What is the meaning of “k'neged kullam”?

What is the meaning of "k'neged kullam"? The Talmud says: "אֵלּוּ דְבָרִים שֶׁאָדָם אוֹכֵל פֵּרוֹתֵיהֶן בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְהַקֶּרֶן קַיֶּמֶת לוֹ לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא. כִּבּוּד אָב וָאֵם, וּגְמִילוּת ...
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Forgetting Torah study for Ben Sorer UMoreh - the biggest sin?

Concerning בן סורר ומורה the Yerushalmi Sanhedrin 43b (8:7) says: צפה הקב"ה שסוף של זה עתיד לגמר ניכסי אביו ואת ניכסי אמו, ויושב לו בפרשת דרכים, ומקפח את הבריות, והורג את הנפשות, וסופו ...
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Are there any practical examples of ‘70 faces of the Torah’?

It is [somewhat] known that there are 70 faces to the Torah; that the Torah can be interpreted in many ways, even 70. Has this rule made its way into the realm of realistic usage, or is it just an ...
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What are the best editions of miqraot gedolot? [closed]

I am looking for a good edition of Miqraot gedolot (either hebrew-english or only english doesn't matter). What are the best editions for that ? And if somebody gives me an opinion about the JPS ...
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Why is the Torah (itself) called an inheritance

my question concerns the Maamer "Torah Tziva" (ה'תשכ"ג). (try to read at least the first 3 paragraphs, since that's what my question is on) תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהלת יעקב1, שהתורה היא ירושה2 לכאו"...
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What are the parameters of the prohibition against a non-Jew learning Torah?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 58a) declared that a non-Jew is liable to death for learning Torah (at least the parts not relevant to him practically). If you read the passuk תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה literally, “...
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Is anyone aware of a good Dictionary/Lexicon style book to help expand a person's Hebrew/Yeshivish vocabulary?

I was curious if a good book existed which broke down common phrases or words related to religious practice and observance. Say a dictionary but it defines common phrases in observance. Example: Mi ...
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How can verses from the Torah be written on paper without the paper becoming sheimos?

I often find myself mindlessly doodling psukim from Tanach on paper (especially Tehillim). Is there any way I can do this without making the paper sheimos?
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Why Aharon, Itamar and Elazar were not part of the 70 elders?

Rambam Sanhedrin 2:2 says that the Kohanim are the first to sit in the Sanhedrin: "וּמִצְוָה לִהְיוֹת בְּסַנְהֶדְרִין גְּדוֹלָה כֹּהֲנִים וּלְוִיִּים שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יז ט) "וּבָאתָ אֶל ...
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Why don't we try to maximize our merits on Yom Kippur through Mitzvos?

The final verdict of YK is based on weighing one's merits vs sins and not how hard one davens on Yom Kippur. (Rambam Hichot Teshuva 3, 4): "עָשָׂה מִצְוָה אַחַת הֲרֵי הִכְרִיעַ אֶת עַצְמוֹ וְאֶת ...
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Why include details of the Oral Law in the Written Torah?

Some Mitzvot are written in the Torah very briefly or even hinted to, like "כבד את אביך", "לא תבשל גדי", "וקשרתם לאות על ידך" and many more. For example, the Torah gives no details on how the כיבוד אב ...
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Difference in languages , מפני, בפני, לפני and מלפני?

The use of letters ב,כ,ל,מ is pretty standard with verb infinitives in Hebrew, for example, לראות אותו, בראותו, מראותו, כראותו. What is the difference in using בכל"מ with the word פני? For example ...
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Why there are no anti-altering failsafe measures in the Written Torah?

(The original question asked if there are any, but there aren't, hence the update). The famous ו דגחון Sugiah in Kiddushin 30a: "א"ל: ניתי ס"ת ואימנינהו, מי לא אמר רבה בר בר חנה לא זזו משם עד ...
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Anti-altering measures of the Oral Torah

The Oral Torah was [presumably] forbidden to be written down. The Gemmorah clearly shows that even in a span of 100 years there were huge differences in recalling the Mishnaic formulas. For example "...
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Learning Derashos or Pshat of Alternate Readings of Tanach

Background: In this week's Parsha (Devarim 11:4), the Chizkuni says the following: אשר הציף מי ים סוף על פניהם ברדפם אחריהם – ברדוף המים אחרי המצרים, והיינו דכתיב: נערמו מים, שתרגם אונקלוס: חכימו ...
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Mir smicha qualifications

Rabbi Finkel from Mir would give Smicha as follows. He would randomnly take out one of the volumes of Shulchan Aruch (any section)and randomly open the page - and show it to the testee. He would then ...
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How the irrational number Pi can be derived from the Torah?

Some traditions say, based on the Gemmorah in Taanis 9a (also מדרש רבה נשא י' ו', זוהר פנחס רכ"א א, and more): "ליכא מידי דלא רמיזא באורייתא" (Is there anything that is written in the Writings that ...
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Is a Bei'ur the same thing as a Peirush?

What characteristics define Biur and Peirush? Are they different from one another? Are they related somehow? If so, in which aspects? Please, explain. Sources are welcome.
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Torah Shabbos Tisha b'Av After Chatzos

There seem to be widespread reports of an Ashkenazi custom to refrain from studying (joyful) Torah specifically after chatzos (midday) on Shabbos that falls out on the 9th of Av (see e.g. here and ...
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How early were maps used to understand Tanach?

In many editions of Tanach I’ve seen there are often maps of the middle eastern area in attempt to explain the places where certain events occurred. (For example, the journeys of יעקב אבינו or stuff ...
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Do the Talmudic disputes prove absence of ruled Halachah (הלכה פסוקה)

This is a serious question about our understanding of the development of the current Halachah. When I started my Teshuvah some 30 years ago, I was told that the Sages knew the Whole Torah and their ...
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Meaningful ways to spend Tisha b'Av?

I am struggling a bit on Tisha b'Av to find meaningful ways to spend the day. I am looking for advice on meaningful activities that fulfill the intent of the day (mourning for Jerusalem and the ...
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Which is better: going to learn poorly for a week, or to miss one day to learn better the rest?

Let’s say someone is sick. Laryngitis. Hardly able to speak. He’s able to go to learn, but it’s extremely difficult and painful. If he goes, he will learn poorly because of his condition, and he will ...
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Aryeh Kaplan and Talmud memorization

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 ...
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Does Talmud Torah truly trump literally every single other mitzvah?(or are there exceptions?)

Talmud Torah is greater than all the other mitzvahs combined (Nefesh hachaim etc. And many other sources that say this), But how far does it go? Is one word of learning greater than keeping a full ...
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Does learning / teaching Mussar, (Jewish ethics) without quoting Torah texts, require Birchas Hatorah? [duplicate]

Does learning or teaching Mussar (Jewish ethics) without quoting Torah texts, require Birchas Hatorah? There are many types of Mussar, like someone telling another person what the Jewish ideology is ...
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Why to stop gentiles to learn Judaism? Is this a rabbinical law or Torah Law?

Judaism doesn't preach, nor encourage gentiles to convert, moreover, here I saw many discussions : It is not allowed to teach gentiles the Torah. Judaism believes in reincarnation, any gentiles could ...