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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
0answers
55 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
57 views

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&...
1
vote
0answers
59 views

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?
6
votes
2answers
442 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
78 views

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, ...
2
votes
0answers
42 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
85 views

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 ...
-1
votes
0answers
36 views

Does G-d charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity? I need explanation [duplicate]

Why there is severe pain and miseries in our lives if G-d is merciful? Also why are the innocents(e.g. newborn children)subjected to pain? Seeking explanation and clarity...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

Users that give shuirim [migrated]

Wow do some of you guys know torah! I'd like to learn more from y'all. Do any of the more active users on Mi Yodeya give shuirim somewhere online that I can listen to?
0
votes
1answer
60 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
99 views

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 to read in the Torah at that ...
3
votes
1answer
108 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
291 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
519 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
120 views

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 ...
-2
votes
1answer
152 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
164 views

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, ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

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? ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
97 views

Learning l'iluy nishmat a non-Jew

Is it permissible to learn Torah - for example, Mishnayot - l'iluy nishmat a non-Jew?
0
votes
1answer
127 views

Known Autodidact Talmidei Chachumim (Gedolim) [closed]

Most Gedolim are known for their saintly deeds and breadth of Torah knowledge. Most of the Gedolim are known to have to learnt by other Gedolim or other giants in torah. But there are a number of ...
1
vote
0answers
24 views

In regards to taking notes, highlighting, etc. - Is it permissible to write inside the Torah, Siddur and other holy books? [duplicate]

I am studying for Jewish conversion and have many books that I am using. I write inside my commentaries and Jewish guidance books, but I am unsure as to whether or not I can do the same inside my ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

How should one learn the minchas chinuch

I recently purchased the Sefer and I would like to know how others have gone through it. What are the darchei limud? How can it be approached as a stand-alone Sefer? Any tip?
-3
votes
3answers
185 views

Other species in deep space and the Uniqueness of Klal Yisrael

The sheer vastness of space almost mathematically guarantees that there are other species or advanced civilizations in other galaxies or solar systems. How do we reconcile this with the uniqueness of ...
2
votes
4answers
198 views

Interrupting learning to reflect on creation is a cause of mortal guilt. Why is this so bad?

Rambam in Hilchos Yesodei Hatorah 2(2) says But how may one discover the way to love and fear Him? When man will reflect concerning His works, and His great and wonderful creatures, and will ...
0
votes
1answer
103 views

What is the correct translation of Exodus 6:3?

According to BHS, Exodus 6:3 reads: וָאֵרָ֗א אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֛ם אֶל־יִצְחָ֥ק וְאֶֽל־יַעֲקֹ֖ב בְּאֵ֣ל שַׁדָּ֑י וּשְׁמִ֣י יְהוָ֔ה לֹ֥א נוֹדַ֖עְתִּי לָהֶֽם׃ This all almost universally translated as ...
1
vote
1answer
90 views

How to start learning seder taharos

Would like to start learning mishnayos tahoros with kehati and bartenura, probably at a rate of 2 mishnayos a day. However I've never learned the seder formally so don't know where to start. I know ...
3
votes
1answer
150 views

Midah Keneged Midah in the Punishment of an Entire Tzibur [i.e, Covid-19]

I was recently reading a controversial article on The Lakewood Scoop claiming that Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a punishment for the fact that we expelled anti-vaxxers from our Yeshivos and Mosdos ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

Is studying Torah really better at night than during the day?

In his Sefer Ha-Madda (Book of Knowledge, Talmud Torah 3:13), the Rambam says: Even though it is a mitzvah to study during the day and at night, it is only at night that a person acquires most of ...
1
vote
0answers
105 views

Non-Jews and Torah

According to Mishneh Torah, Kings and Wars chapter 10 paragraph 9: A non-Jew who busied himself with Torah is liable with his life112 From Heaven, because others will see him perform Mitzvohs and ...
2
votes
1answer
141 views

What are the mitzvos that are not forever?

This Shabbos, someone noted that the Sefer Hachinuch says that there are no mitzvos at all in this parsha (Bamidbar). I responded at once, That's absurd. It seems like it contains dozens of mitzvos! ...
1
vote
2answers
66 views

Lack of refinement – sourced examples other than eating in the market

Rav Wolbe in Alei Shur, p 396, speaking about the refinement needed for accepting the Torah quotes the gemoro in Kiddushim 40b that someone who eats in the marketplace is compared to a dog and some ...
0
votes
0answers
49 views

New heavens and new lands in the Zohar

The Zohar [Introduction 4a] states that new interpretations of the Torah rise, are blessed and crowned by God, and create a "new heaven". It then adds that "all the other new interpretations of the ...
1
vote
0answers
28 views

What is one allowed to do during time that one was kavua to learn torah?

Specifically, I was wondering if the mitzvah of kibbud av va'em is docheh setting aside time for learning torah. For example, if one has set aside time for learning torah and a parent asks their child ...
3
votes
2answers
184 views

Learning Torah from a Non Jew

Can someone learn torah from a non jew? I know a Jew can't teach a non jew torah that doesn't apply to him (Tosafos, Chagiga 13a; S"A Hil'TT). However, is there an issue with a Jew learning Torah (...
0
votes
0answers
61 views

Does Chabad teach Talmud to girls? [duplicate]

What is Lubavitch teaching on Talmud study for girls? Is it done in Lubavitch schools? (How much? Why or why not?)
1
vote
1answer
66 views

Pashut Daf Yomi in 30 minutes [duplicate]

My friend works a 9-5 job (lawyer in New York, New York). He's been through Yeshiva (Mesivta & Beis Medresh) and started off married in Kollel. He now works and has had a hard time learning the ...
0
votes
1answer
97 views

Is there a religious responsibility to study agadic material?

Is the study of agadic material i.e stories which are not related to the practice or theory of Halakha, incumbent upon a Jew? In other words, is there something inherently wrong with not learning ...
-1
votes
4answers
200 views

How long to get “good” at gemara? [closed]

Starting from 11th grade this year, I've been going to a dormitory yeshiva a few hours away from home and come back every off shabbos. Before that, I never been to Yeshiva, but since I was around 8 ...
-1
votes
3answers
82 views

What's the point of learning [duplicate]

What's the point of learning Torah? Torah Shbksav & Shbalpeh. What's the point of any Sefer other than the classics? (Tanach, mishnayos, Shas, Rambam, Shulchan Aruch, Medresh)? Is it for our ...
2
votes
0answers
116 views

Epidemics and public torah study

In the current pandemic, there seem to be diverse opinions, both of medical/government officials and of religious leaders regarding communal gatherings for religious services. For example, some shuls ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

Ervah and learning Torah

Can a man learn (read, listen, look at) Torah (ShbKsav/ShbalPeh) while facing his wife with her uncovered hair (ervah)? Or facing any part of her ervah? Also, does it make a difference if she's ...
3
votes
0answers
72 views

Do olives affect Torah study?

I am puzzled by this line in the Gemara, based on a baraita: Olive oil [restores forgotten Torah study]... Rabbi Yoḥanan said: Just as eating an olive causes one to forget seventy years’ worth of ...
7
votes
1answer
381 views

torah argument increases peace

I heard that the Chasam Sofer says talmidei chachamim marbim shalom b'olam because God only puts in a limited amount of machlokess in the world. So when lamdanim use it up for torah discussion, then ...
1
vote
4answers
237 views

How can one be a working scholar?

How can a person become a talmid chacham when he has to work to support his family? It would so difficult, since he is not given as many hours to learn as a kollel yungerman. But is it not possible ...
4
votes
0answers
147 views

Source of a story about Rav Salanter and limited time to learn Torah

Is there an authentic source for the below story? The story is told of a man who asked Rabbi Yisroel Salanter a question. "Rebbi, I have only 15 minutes a day to learn Torah. What should I study?" ...
2
votes
0answers
63 views

Brisker seforim on chullin

I want to learn the style of brisker lomdus in conjunction with chullin. What are some good seforim for this? I asking specifically an analysis connected to the daf
0
votes
0answers
117 views

Takanas Ezra and the 9 Kabin

I would like to begin my question by making everyone aware that I am aware of this thread ( Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation? ) With that being said my question is ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Berachot 5a - What is R. Yochanan's objection?

In Berachot 5a we have the following exchange between Reis Lakish and R. Yochanan: אמר רבי שמעון בן לקיש כל העוסק בתורה יסורין בדילין הימנו שנאמר ובני רשף יגביהו עוף ואין עוף אלא תורה שנאמר התעיף ...

1
2 3 4 5
15