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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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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Is Torah intended to be learned privately or guided?

The Torah stresses the importance of learning it but does not require to do it with/from a knowledgable, authentic, and traditional source/Rabbi. Most Rabbis today would agree that reading and ...
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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 ...
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Studying versus doing

In commenting on Leviticus 26:14, Or HaChaim argues that if you study the details of the sacrifices today, when you cannot actually do them, you have fulfilled the commandments on sacrifices better ...
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Suggestions on how to spend Shaabath (constructively) alone

Due to undisclosed circumstances, I'd rather not go the local shul CURRENTLY, at the given moment. Spending Shaabath with the community definitely was an immense help in getting those ~25 hours ...
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Must we find out for ourselves?

The Talmud Makkot 16a records the following exchange: א"ר יוחנן אין לנו אלא זאת ועוד אחרת א"ל ר' אלעזר היכא א"ל לכי תשכח נפק דק ואשכח R' Yoḥanan said: [There are two mitzvot on this matter:]...
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Personal Attributes, Influence and Importance of Japhet Among Noah's Sons [closed]

Would you be so kind and provide brief, yet details information about personal attributes, influence and importance of Japhet, commonly agreed among Jews and also Hebrews, perhaps if possible by ...
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Why learn either Rambam or Shas?

Why learn either Rambam or Shas being that we don't pasken straight from a Gemara nor do we Ashkenazim from the Rambam? And being that the Rambam says in his introduction that his work (Yad Chazakah) ...
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Is school assignment Bitul Torah or Not?

Let’s say one is listening to an online shiur. He has to do an assignment for school, so he turns the shiur off. Would sources deem this as Bitul Torah? Please cite sources.
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Source for R' Soloveitchik's teaching about why we don't stand for a baby in utero?

There's a famous teaching from Niddah 30b that a baby is taught the entire Torah in utero. Someone once referenced this gemara and asked The Rav, if that's the case why don't we stand for a pregnant ...
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What does it mean to “know Shas”? [closed]

I've seen many sefarim that talk about finishing Shas, simply put, going through the sugyos and understanding them, even if you forget it. But what does it mean to "know Shas"? Does that mean I know ...
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How studying Torah without Machlokot is possible?

The idea of Machloket-less study and transmission of the Oral Torah is very basic in Judaism. I spot two approaches: That of Sanhedrin 68b - there were Machlokot and different approaches and schools,...
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What does it mean “studying Torah as Moses did”?

Temura 15b: כל אשכולות שעמדו להן לישראל מימות משה עד שמת יוסף בן יועזר היו למדין תורה כמשה רבינו מכאן ואילך לא היו למדין תורה כמשה רבינו (Sefaria doesn't have a translation) The discussion in the ...
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Where do we learn that students are like offspring?

Is there a quote in the Talmud that says something like "anyone who teaches a child Torah is like he is his parent?"
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Reading Mishnayos without understanding

Is it considered Talmud Torah if one just reads mishnayos without understanding what he's saying?
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What is the recommended approach towards balancing religious and non-religious studies? [duplicate]

I was curious as to what the recommended way is to approach studying of all kinds; does the Torah prescribe any particular balance between religious and secular subjects? Thanks for your help!
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What did Moses learn during the second ascent?

If I understand right Moses spent the first 40 days, from 7 of Sivan to 17 of Tamuz studying the "whole Torah". The Gemora (Nedarim 38a) says he learned and forgot until G-d gave Moses the Torah as a ...
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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 ...