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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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Is a gentile who studies the Torah liable to death or highest respect?

In Sanhedrin 59a it is written that a Gentile who studies the Torah is liable to receive the death penalty. Maimonides also confirms this in Melachim uMilchamot 8:10. However, there is an apparent ...
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Did Moshe Rabbeinu fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel by studying them?

I heard that Moshe Rabbeinu asked H'shem to be allowed to fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel, but He answered him: "You won't be able to enter Israel, but as you have studied all the Mitzvot, I ...
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Online Udemy Like Torah Classes

I was wondering if there any Udemy Like Torah classes (Parsha, Jewish history, Tanach, Mishna, Gemara etc..) Affordable (Udemy classes usually sell for 10-20 dollars can pay a bit more but you get ...
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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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Looking for an easy to read chassidic commentary on the Torah

I'm looking for an easy to read chassidic comentary on the Torah. I'm looking for a single commentary. Iwas considering to buy Imrei Noam by the Dzikov rebbe, but I'm not sure if it is easy to read.
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Is being on welfare if you can work against the will of Hashem?

Genesis 3:17 And to man He said, "Because you listened to your wife, and you ate from the tree from which I commanded you saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed be the ground for your sake; ...
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Why isn't midrash rabbah learnt as much as other commentaries

I feel like there's more of a stress to learn other commentaries, and midrash rabbah and tanchuma are just nice things extra if you want to. I see amazing droshos in the midrash, and was wondering why ...
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What are Tanya and Nefesh Hachaim coming to answer that wasn't clear beforehand

What questions are they coming to answer. What was the puropse of these sefarim that are made a big deal about compared to other seforim of the time which are seen as just toras of a particular genre ...
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Is it ideal for males to learn Torah full time and not work? [duplicate]

I see the ultra orthodox claiming that Torah study all day and all night is ideal, while everyone else seem to say that ideally one needs to go into the world and produce for society and not just 'sit ...
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What are some Gemarot that contain a lot of stories and aggadah?

Looking for a list of Gemara's that has lots of aggadic stories. The following can be excluded from the list- Avoda Zara and Perek Chelek in Sanhedrin.
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Sanhedrin 59a Prohibition Gentile Torah Study

I recently watched a video of Rabbi Manis Friedman discussing the obligations responsibilities for Noahides. To crudely summarize his argument: roughly speaking Jews are commanded to bring Heaven down ...
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Pardes Torah Commentary

Are there any Torah commentaries that incorporate a systematic theory of PaRDeS analysis? Given the number of commentaries out there, even just the ones from eminent Torah authorities (the numerous ...
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Best way to track Torah learning

What is a good method to track your progress in learning all of the Torah. (Tanach, Shas, etc.) I was thinking of an excel template if anyone has one or for other suggestions.
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why don't we say a brocho on the Hagadah?

B"H the rule is is that we usually say brochos over Mitvos that we do. Since it's a Mitzvah to tell over the story of going out of Egypt on the first night of Pesach [as it even says in the ...
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Suggestion on "HItlamed" application [closed]

I am making a mobile app called "Hitlamed" that will provide the Mishna Torah, Torah, Talmud, Guide for the Perplexed, Nevi'im, Ketuvim, oral Torah and Zohar free of charge in English and ...
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If one eats Matzah without leaning, does one need to make another Brocho on the Matza?

BH The general law in the Gemara and brought in the Rambam and Shulchan Aruch is that one needs to lean while eating Matzah and drinking the 4 cups. The question is: Is the leaning an essential ...
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Does the Torah teach, that mountains have an extension below the mountain’s base?

Job 28:9 “They put their hand to the flinty rock,and overturn mountains by the roots מִשֹּׁ֣רֶשׁ. the word מִשֹּׁ֣רֶשׁ is used literally for a root of tree or shrub,as in Jeremiah 17:8 Does the Torah, ...
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What are the best books to read to get familiar with Jewish philosophy?

I'm looking to spend about 3 months learning Jewish philosophy pretty intensely. I'm looking for recommendations on what are the best books to read, which ones may be too complex, and how I should ...
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Are there any midrashim that state Shechem and Dinah were in love or that it was consensual?

It is written in Bereshit that Shechem "defiled" Dinah, and all opinions I've learned agree that it was rape, but are there any that dissent? I wonder if "defiled" could also apply ...
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Why did Haman make both a lottery AND gallows to reach the 50th gate?

BH It says in the Maamer Al Kayn Karoo, 5750 that Haman [harasha] knew that according to Seder Histalshiloos, he would have no chance to [chos vishlom] win over the Yidden, since Seder Histalshiloos ...
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Who teaches Tanakh?

I would like to study Tanakh in its entirety with a focus on dikduk, hebrew language, basic meaning/commentators, and possibly cantillation. I am not very self-motivated so I would prefer to join a ...
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What is the explanation of the shitos of (R" YItzchak and) R" Eliezer regarding what is the Mikdash Miat?

BH In Megillah 29a, brought in Kuntrus Beis Rabeinu Shebevavel, hosafos sefer hasichos 5752, it says, on the verse in Yechezkiel "I will be for them a small temple in the lands that they come&...
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Is Chumash and Judaism relevant to a non-Jew like me?

Personal story & question. Signed up just to ask this. I'm a non-Jew (that's why I'm posting this on Shabbat) and I've been learning about Judaism for the last couple of years or so. There isn't ...
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Mekor that Learning Coincides with Each Other

Many times when I am learning from 2 separate sources, it amazes me the Hasgacha Pratis how well they coincide with each other (especially when it comes to the various Yomis), that one will mention ...
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What was the general skin color of ancient Israelis?

There are lots of claims that ancient Israelis were black/brown/white or even east-asian looking? So which one is accurate is there any evidence from Torah or from other biblical resource?
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Short prayer after a vort or dvar torah

I've recently moved to a new area and the Shul that I now attend will often give a vort at the end of Shacharit and Maariv before allowing mourners to say another Kaddish. I've never heard it before ...
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Question about Rashi being taught by angels

Is there a Torah source (or sources) claiming Rashi was taught his Torah commentary by malachim? I remember hearing this many years ago from one of my uncles, but I haven't been able to find any ...
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Do online shiurim fulfill the mitzvah of learning Torah? [duplicate]

If I listen to an online shiur while doing other things, but listening nonetheless, does that fulfill the mitzvah of learning Torah?
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How did the Shitim tree grow in the desert?

According to the Mefarshim, the source for the woods for the Mishkan was the Cedar trees that Yakov planted in his way to Egypt. According to the size of the woods needed for the Mishkan the mefarshim ...
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On what ascending did "Moses seeing God tying crowns on the letters" happen?

To elaborate on Maurice's question "what-did-moses-understand...": "Rav Yehuda says that Rav says: When Moses ascended on High, he found the Holy One, Blessed be He, sitting and tying ...
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Introduction to Responsa Literature

I haven't spent much time studying Responsa Literature. Which works would serve as a good introduction? Which respona are essential to a good personal learning program?
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How do we reconcile between genesis and Science about livestock that created after bird [duplicate]

How do we reconcile between genesis and science , I mean those which said livestock created after bird and fish , just completely and blatantly against science , this alone could knock down ...
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"Put your hand under my thigh" clarification [duplicate]

Genesis 24:2 And Abraham said to his slave, the oldest in his house, the one who ruled in all that was to him. Please put your hand under my thigh. What does "under my thigh" means? Does ...
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Meaning of the Verses

Genesis 23:15-16 15 My master, hear me; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that between me and you? and bury your dead. 16 And Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed to ...
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What interpreters understood Tanuro Shel Akhnai story as a lesson on the prohibition of verbal mistreatment?

After learning the Sugyah this Shabbos for the 20th time I've noticed that I've been ignoring the context of the story and that it does not focus at all on the majority rule or the importance of ...
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Judah ben Simeon Ashkenazi on reading the weekly lection

Judah ben Simeon Ashkenazi makes the following remark in his commentary on Orach Chayim: ואיסור גדול להפסיק בקריאת שמו״ת בדיבור. Is this an original idea or is Ashkenazi following an earlier ...
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Which takes precedence- study of Chovos Halevavos or Halacha?

In its introduction, Chovos Halevavos places great emphasis on the importance of Chovos Halevavos. It also seems to have contradictory implications as to what should be learned first; in one place the ...
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Different translation and interpretations on Genesis 1:2, which one is more close?

In Torah (mechon-mamre.org's version),the first half of the verse was translated "the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep", in the second half the word &...
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is there a list of where the letter samech occurs with a degesh in the Chumash

Is there a source that i can link to that shows all the words in the torah with a dagesh in the Samech ?
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Mediterranean Talmud

When the Gemarra was composed, there were three areas inhabited by significant Jewish populations - Bavel, Eretz Yisrael, and the other Mediterranean countries ruled by the Roman Empire as far as ...
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Group symmetry in the letters of Genesis [closed]

Forgive me if this is not the sort of question you like. I'm new here. Several years ago I came across the work of Stan Tenen, available at meru.org, who appears to have made some impressive ...
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How do we know the Rambam is so exact?

There are many yeshiva systems and darchei halimud (most famously Brisk) who analyze the Rambam "k'chut hasa'arah" - that is to say, exacting to the point that if the Rambam uses one word, ...
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Sources needed on Torah-Study

I'm looking for the following sources, I searched for it, but unfortunately can't find them on HebrewBooks (might be my mistake though) Igros Moshe, Orach Chayim 1:20 by R'Moshe Feinstein, in which ...
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Grain, sin, guilt, burned, and freewill offerings. What are the differences?

There are 5 types of offerings I can see in the Torah if not more, if more please point them out as I would like to know the difference between all of them. What are the differences between all these ...
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What happens to the Ram in Leviticus 16:3?

In Leviticus 16:3, Aaron is told to bring a bull for sin offering, and a ram for burnt offering. He is later told in verse 5 to bring two male goats for sin offering and from what I see yet another ...
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Who is the firstborn of God and why is he called the firstborn?

Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son, and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’” ...
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Listening to a Torah reading at night

Many Poskim rule based on Kabala that one is not to read verses of Mikra [Written Torah] at night.(בבאר היטב סימן רל"ח, ועיין בשער הציון סק"א) https://shulchanaruchharav.com/reading-tehillim-...
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Developing ability: thinking in learning [closed]

It says in Tosafot Sotah 21a - זה תלמוד חכם: סתם תלמיד חכם תורתו אומנתו, ועוסק בה ומהרהר כל שעה. ואינו הולך ד' אמות בלא תורה Is there any detailed, practical guidance available about developing an ...
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Where does Taz say I should feel bad if I cannot learn because Hashem gave me a different mitzvah?

Where does Taz say I should feel bad if I cannot learn because Hashem gave me a different mitzvah that only I can do? Meaning, that Hashem is not pleased with my Torah right now. I think it is in ...
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Rambam and Mitzvas Talmud Torah

As opposed to other Codifiers of Halacha (e.g. Shulchan Aruch Harav see Hilchos Talmud Torah 1:1, 2:1 and the Kuntres Acharon there) the Rambam famously doesn't provide the reasons for the Mitzvahs ...
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