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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Can you pray or study torah in a non-Jewish cemetery?

There is a large non-Jewish cemetery near where I live. It has beautiful grounds and is open to the public for visiting. Is it OK to pray or study Torah there?
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Is learning Sifrei Neviim a fulfillment of the mitzvah to listen to a Navi?

There's a Torah commandment to listen to a navi. As far as I know, there are no neviim around nowadays to listen to, but we do have books written by the neviim. If you learn Navi and do your best to ...
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Understanding the teaching of a person who says “I have labored in Torah study and haven't found success- don't believe him”

Megillah 6b states: ואמר ר' יצחק אם יאמר לך אדם יגעתי ולא מצאתי אל תאמן לא יגעתי ומצאתי אל תאמן יגעתי ומצאתי תאמן הני מילי בדברי תורה אבל במשא ומתן סייעתא Rabbi Yitzḥak said: If a person says ...
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Is it preferable to learn torah related to biblical obligations over learning torah related to rabbinic obligations?

If all things are equal is there any reason to give preference to studying torah about a biblical obligation over studying torah about a rabbinic obligation? In general we give precedence to biblical ...
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Public work is the same as studying Torah?

I am bothered by this quote: Yerushalmi [5:1]: Rabbi Yirmiyah said: One who is occupied with the needs of the public is equivalent to one who is occupied with the study of Torah. [Tosafot on Ber. ...
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Is practicing laining considered learning Torah?

Is practicing laining for a Parsha considered Talmud Torah? Namely, does this "count" as Torah learning, would one get s'char for this etc OR could it be considered more like memorizing a song? ...
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Source to not learn Torah from a Rabbi who is overweight

I remember once learning that one should not learn Torah from a Rav who's overweight because (something along the lines of): "if he can't control his appetite, how can he control his other ...
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Where does Breslov teach about Rosh Hashanah?

I'm looking to learn what R. Nachman of Breslov taught about Rosh Hashanah? Is there anything in Likutei Moharan? If so can you direct me to the Siman? I'm not exclusively looking for anything about ...
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The learning methods of children during the time of the Talmud

The Talmud in various places references children of that period learning a "verse" on a specific day. In Gittin 56a of Talmud Bavli: א"ל לינוקא פסוק לי פסוקיך אמר ליה (יחזקאל כה, יד) ונתתי את ...
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Birchat Hatorah on Tisha B'Av [duplicate]

Somewhat related to this. On Tisha B'Av we are forbidden from studying Torah (as per Taanit 30a) with a few exceptions (summarized here and the concept and certain implications are discussed here). ...
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Shabbat 9 Av: Marital relations vs Torah study

Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah 400:2 rules that a mourner observes the private mourning practices of shiv'ah on shabbat. This includes not engaging in marital relations, not washing in warm water and not ...
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What is Rambam's source that the Sages issued a command to not teach your daughter Torah?

The Mishnah in Sotah (3:4) states: אם יש לה זכות היתה תולה לה יש זכות תולה שנה אחת יש זכות תולה ב' שנים יש זכות תולה ג' שנים מכאן אומר בן עזאי חייב אדם ללמד את בתו תורה שאם תשתה תדע שהזכות תולה לה ...
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Why the whole Torah is written as stories interrupted with Mitzvos and not the vice verse? [closed]

After studying Gemmorah daily for 20 years, I come to ask, basically, why the whole Torah is written as a storyline, with the Miztvos interrupting it here and there, instead of the whole Torah being a ...
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Could the Dor Hamidbar originate Chiddushei Torah?

We all imagine that without the burden of physical necessities, Dor Hamidbar (D"H) was busy studying Torah 24/7 (see @Mbloch's answer). I wonder, if the source of the Torah (Moses), was close and ...
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Books/ biography about the Ketzos and his learning methodology

Does anyone know of any noteworthy books/ biographies on R' Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller (1745 – 1812) author of the Ketzos Hachoshen, Avnei Miluim, and Shev Shmaytsa- that explain his learning ...
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Better understanding masechtot ketanot

I am not knowledgeable about masechtot ketanot. Wikipedia writes they are essays from the Tannaitic period or later dealing with topics about which no formal tractate exists in the Mishnah. I ...
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What are the “maasim tovim”?

Talmud, mishna, and other sources reference "maasim tovim" (good deeds) in many places (Avos 4:17 is one example). Do any sources define what this term actually includes? Some of the possible options ...
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Source for “everyone has a specific area of Torah that they're naturally drawn to”

While we have to learn the entire Torah, I remember once learning that "everyone has a specific area of Torah that they're specifically drawn to/ naturally comes easier to them" (for example: monetary ...
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Learning one mesechta l'ilui Nishmas for two people

It is customary to learn mishnayos in order to elevate the soul of the deceased. Can one learn one tractate of Mishna and have in mind two deceased people l'ilui nishmasom, or can you only have in ...
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Can a Reform Ger participate in Chabad programming?

My family has been invited to participate in Chabad programming. I know that the Orthodox do not consider me to be Jewish as I am a Reform convert, but my wife and daughter are Jews through ...
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While it says in Kiddushin 40b that torah is the more important than Mitzvot in Pirkei Avot it says otherwise?

It says in Kiddushin 40b נענה ר"ע ואמר תלמוד גדול נענו כולם ואמרו תלמוד גדול שהתלמוד מביא לידי מעשה (Rabbi Akiva answered and said: Study is greater. Everyone answered and said: Study is greater, as ...
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No Torah = Revert to Nothingness?

Although I have often heard that the world would revert to nothingness if there wasn't someone learning Torah at any given moment, I haven't seen this written yet - what is the source of this concept?
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Is it permitted to learn Torah with one's wife?

Is it permitted to learn Torah with one's wife? And if so, are there any special recommendations for what to study with her? Generally speaking I understand that men don't take women as Chavrutas, ...
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Is Siyum Masechet celebration a mere encouragement?

Another source for Siyum Masechet is Shabbos 118b: ואמר אביי: תיתי לי, דכי חזינא צורבא מרבנן דשלים מסכתיה עבידנא יומא טבא לרבנן And Abaye said: May I receive my reward because when I see a ...
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What is “finishing Torah” and how it stems from Solomon's prophecy?

One of the sources for celebrating finishing a Talmud tractate is in Kohelet Raba 1, 1 (or almost same in Shir Hashirim Rabah): ...,אָמַר רַבִּי יִצְחָק: חֲלוֹם עוֹמֵד עַל כַּנּוֹ ,"מִיָּד "...
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Is there math in Torah?

I have watched a nice movie back in the day that deals with numbers. In one of the scenes. A Jewish man comes to The Mathematician and tells about how the Hebrew uses the same "letters" as letters ...
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Where to start learning kabbalah

Granted one needs to have a good background in the Talmud, Halacha and Tanach, where does one start to learn Kabbalah after mastering the things stated above?
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Listening to an Online Shiur While watching Tv [duplicate]

Let’s say one listens to an online shiur Torah while watching TV or talking to a friend on the phone. Would sources still consider this learning Torah, as I believe he subconsciously hears the shiur? ...
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Source for a story about the Mir Yeshiva on the train to Shanghai?

I remember hearing a story told by R' Hershel Schachter about the Mir Yeshiva's journey to Shanghai, that took place on the train ride from Eastern Europe to Shanghai. The gist of the story is that ...
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Why don't we stay up studying on the 2nd night of Shavu'ot?

From what I have seen, most people communities learn all night on just the 1st night of Shavu'ot and not the 2nd night. (Perhaps, there are some that do both nights.) If in Diaspora, we tend to treat ...
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Pesukim that start and end with someone's name letters [duplicate]

Where can I find pesukim that start with a Bet and end with a Mem and start with a Bet and end with an Aleph.
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Is a gentile required to wear a kippah while studying Torah?

A Jew must not walk around with his head non-covered (Shu"A Orach Chayim 2,6 " ולא ילך ארבע אמות בגילוי הראש מפני כבוד השכינה). Is a gentile required to cover his head while studying Torah? If a ...
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Considerations for an Orthodox to teach in Reform/Conservative school

There is a question for an Orthodox Jew to teach Torah in a Reform or Conservative school. What are the two sides of the question? Does Rav Moshe Feinstein or other poskim in print address it?
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What is the minimum of learning to say Kaddish d’Rabanan?

What is the minimum amount of study one has to learn or hear in order to say Kaddish d’rabanan? Is there a certain Halacha which states how much or what is the minimum one needs to learn? Also, a ...
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Earliest source for teaching Torah in secret to hide from the Romans

A number of online sources (such as this article by Rabbi Ari Enkin, or this article by Rabbi Yair Hoffman) mention the tradition that rabbonim used to go out into the woods and teach Torah while ...
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Study Mishna or Mishna-and-Gemara?

There are books and courses on studying the Mishna. Just the Mishna. Why would anyone want to study the Mishna by itself, without studying the Gemara at the same time? Practically speaking, when ...
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Are there any “prerequisite” masechtot?

When I have taught Talmud classes to some beginners, I try to give them an overview of the tractate prior to starting it. Usually, I locate the relevant laws / verses in the Torah. I think it's tough ...
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Who is a Talmid chacham? [duplicate]

Talmud chacham is one of the most used words. Is a Talmud chacham someone who has a semicha, or someone who delves in Torah or anything else?
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On what halachic grounds can you be compensated for teaching Torah? [duplicate]

The Tanach says: Buy truth, but do not sell it. [Proverbs 23:23] Does that mean that a paid Torah teacher is a sinner? Am I abetting sin by hiring him?
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Are we obligated to aspire to be Talmidei Chachamim?

The talmud in general seems to distinguish between different kinds of people in certain kinds of halacha. For example, Bava Metzia 23b tells us that a rabbi is allowed to lie for three things, ...
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Authenticity of Zohar--Bitul Torah?

As indicated in a prior thread on this site, there is good reason to doubt the authenticity of the Zohar, i.e., that it is attributable to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Question: if that is the case, ...
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Rav Chaim Kanievsky's learning schedule

I heard once that Rav Chaim Kanievski learns All of Shas Bavli and Yerushalmi every year plus more. Does anyone have any reliable sources on this matter? Like what is his actual schedule?
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Why is the Biblical Second Temple Pesach not mentioned in Seder Korban Pesach?

Some have the custom to recite Seder Korban Pesach (a description of the Korban Pesach service in the Temple) on the afternoon of Erev Pesach. Some include before this recitation a selection of ...
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Birkas haTorah: Can you read any piece of Torah?

When we make birkas haTorah in the morning, we follow it up with Bemidbar 6:24-26 (יברכך...), followed by the beginning of Peah in the Mishna and Tosefta. Do those sections need to be read? If I ...
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Why for Rambam learning and teaching Torah are not two different Mitzvos?

Rambam in Sefer Hamitzvos #11 and in Mishne Torah Hil. Talmud Torah rules that studying and teaching Torah are one Mitzvah: היא שצונו ללמוד תורה וללמדה וזהו הנקרא תלמוד תורה, והוא אמרו ושננתם ...
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Where can I find an online Jewish community?

I've newly created an account on this site as someone who's "lurked" or obtained information here before and found the quality of communication excellent. I moved to Montana from Los Angeles as a ...
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Can one study Torah having drunk wine/being intoxicated?

As explained in this post (How much alcohol does one need to consume in order to be halachically drunk or intoxicated?), Gemara presents definitions of having drunk wine and being intoxicated. It ...
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Women and Oral Law

I see that there are numerous poskim who permit women learning the Written Torah, but not the Oral Torah. What I don't understand is that you can't understand the Written Torah without the Oral Law, ...
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What should I use for Mishna study?

I'm new to Mishna study, and I want to participate in a communal effort to study Mishna. I picked out a section to study, and now I need to find a convenient resource to learn from. I don't ...
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How to follow the Halacha?

Most of the people (if not all) follow the psak halacha of a specific Gadol HaDor. But many times, there are halachot which are not presented by a certain Galdol haDor but by another Chacham. As for ...