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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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

It says in Tosafot Sotah 21a: 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 ability to "...
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One of the Three Visitors in Genesis 18 is Ha-Shem? [closed]

The following is the reasoning behind this claim: Genesis 18:1 says, Ha-Shem appears to Abraham => pretty self-explanatory Genesis 18:2 says, three men (שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה אֲנָשִׁ֔ים) => one of them ...
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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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What is my Zodiac sign? [closed]

I was born on the 25 of Tishrei 1981 at approx. 5:30 PM. According to most secular astrologers I am considered to be a Libra/Scorpio cusp sun sign (Oct. 19-25). Tishrei is considered the month of ...
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Sources on the Divine Documentary hypothesis

First, to accommodate contradicting Tannaic views, the Rabbinic tradition allows for multiple Halachic lineages stemming from Moses (see "אלו ואלו דברי א' חיים" regarding Hillel and Shamai). ...
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Did the patriarchs travel at night?

I have heard that Abraham and the other Patriarchs would have travelled during the night and encamp during the daytime. What evidence is there for such a claim?
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Ark of the Covenant

During the journey a man named Uzza touched the Ark of the Covenant to support it and fell dead on the spot (2 Samuel 6:1-8, 1 Chronicles 13:9-10). Here are two questions: 1. Why does God kill for ...
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Ibn Ezra and R. Joseph Bonfils And different opinions on Judaism [closed]

Can I agree with them that some passages were not written by Moses and that in some parts there were updates to the type text in Gen 14:14 that is considered a sin in Judaism? I can agree with rabbis ...
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Question on Torah-study principles

It is explained (Selections from Likkutei Sichos, Shmos, Parashat Tetzaveh, p. 483) that one of the principles of Torah study is to minimize the number of differences between the positions of the ...
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Resources for Mishna Berura Yomi

I would like to join the daily study of Mishna Berura. I would love to jump right in and join them wherever they are at, rather than start from the first page on my own. I think the set schedule will ...
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Why Moses' way of teaching Israel left Yehoshuah out (Eruvin 54b)?

Following the question on the order of Moses' teaching Torah to Israel, I noticed that the procedure does mention Aharon, Aharon's sons, the elders, and the people, but not Yehoshuah as Moses's ...
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Why the rarest musical notes (Teamim) are located at the same verse in the Torah?

What is the reason that stand behind the fact that the rarest musical notes (Teamim) in the Torah are located in the same verse? What is so special in this specific verse to be chosen for those ...
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Are the "unworthy" punished by being less able to learn Torah?

Shabbat 21b says that Abaye did not accept a certain halacha the Sages related in the name of Rabbi Yirmeya. After he emigrated to Babylonia, the Sages related this same halakha in the name of Rabbi ...
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Understanding Moses' four-fold way of study (Eruvin 54b)

Following my previous question "what-were-the-pieces-of-moses'-transmission", I wondered: where this form of study was learned from? what were the benefits of this form of learning? if the ...
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Choice between financial success and Torah study

Let us assume for the sake of discussion the following scenario. There is a young, devout man[1] who has reached a point life where he earns more than enough money to sustain himself. He's by no means ...
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Punishment for not Studying the Torah

Does HaShem punish someone in this world for not studying the Torah ?
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Questions about Jeshua and the Tanakh [closed]

How does Judaism thinks about Jeshua, and why? Also which YouTube channels could you recommend to learn about the Tanakh? And does Judaism has different versions of the bible, just like you can see in ...
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Can the word "Torah" refer to the Tanakh in general?

Can the word Torah include other books in the Tanakh? If so, are there examples of this in Jewish literature (ancient rabbinical literature, medieval, etc)
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Genesis 9 : 5 Meaning

Genesis 9 : 5 And surely the blood of your lives I will demand. At the hand of every animal I will demand it, and at the hand of man. I will demand the life of man at the hand of every man's brother. ...
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May one learn commentaries of permitted texts on Tisha B'av?

Regarding texts one is permitted to learn on Tisha B'av like Eicha and Iyov, is one allowed to learn the various meforshim as well or only the texts themselves?
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Genesis Chapter 9 : 3 Meaning

Genesis 9 : 3 Every creeping thing which is alive shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green plant. I am a Torah keeper but this verse seems to be contradicting. Can ...
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How can we explain these two pesukim?

In Tehillim 115:6 it is written: הַשָּׁמַ֣יִם שָׁ֭מַיִם לַה וְ֝הָאָ֗רֶץ נָתַ֥ן לִבְנֵי־אָדָֽם Translation: “⁦The heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth He gave over to man.” (Source: Sefaria) In ...
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How is בריא connected to ברא?

IIRC, the word ברא applies exclusively to God's process of creation throughout the scriptures (see ברא on Sefaria). The word בריא is used to denote health (actually fat in cattle, like "...
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Learning Alei Shur Part I or II first?

Naturally, I would think to learn part I of Alei Shur first, but having read a few (ableit brief) online summaries, it almost seems like perhaps Part II is more relevant to someone who is not ...
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Leviticus 11:26 Divided Hoof vs Cloven Footed

Leviticus 11:26 even every living thing which divides the hoof, and is not cloven footed, and does not bring up the cud, they are unclean to you; anyone who touches them shall be unclean. What's the ...
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What תוֹרָ֔ה is referred to in Isaiah 2:3?

Isaiah 2:3 Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For ...
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Leviticus 11:5-6 Hoof vs. Toe

Leviticus 11:5-6 5 And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 6 And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. ...
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Rambam Hilchot Melachim 10:9 Translation

I would like to share with you two different English translations of the same passage(s) from the above Halacha: עַכּוּ''ם שֶׁעָסַק בַּתּוֹרָה חַיָּב מִיתָה. (...) וְאִם עָסַק בַּתּוֹרָה אוֹ שָׁבַת ...
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Any source for this quote or this concept?

I am looking to see if anybody knows a possible source for the concept of a word of Torah being worth 1,000 "yehei shmei rabbahs", based on the story below, taken from https://www.etzahaim....
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“Einstein ketzos”

Shalom chevra, I have heard that the ketzos hachoshen on the sugya of matana al menas lehachzir is called the “Einstein ketzos”. If someone knows why that is, and can let us know that would be great!
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Denying Moshe's Prophecy

In Parshas Yisro G-D guarantees Moshe that his prophecy will not be doubted by the Jewish nation from hereon "וגם בך יאמינו לעולם". However in Parshas Korach (although not in Korach's ...
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Does Talmudic-Era Hebrew or Aramaic Distinguish Between Teaching and Learning?

In English, teaching and learning are two distinct verbs, but this is not the case with (many) other languages, where the same word is used to express both concepts. Whilst pondering upon the ...
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Why וַעֲלָמ֖וֹת and not בְּתוּל֖וֹת to be used in Song of Solomon 6:8?

According to Heiser, Michael S. and many Christians, outside of Isaiah 7:14, the word almah occurs only six times in the Old Testament. In all but one of those occurrences, the context provides no ...
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Why is learning “non lmaaseh” Sugyas in shas B’iyun prioritized over learning Halacha lmaaseh sugyas”

What I mean by “non lmaaseh” are sugyas in shas that most probably will very scarcely be nogeah to our daily life. I understand that to learn these sugyas well will give us a deep understanding of how ...
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Ribnitzer Rebbe Limudim

I hear these different schedules of great tzadikim, in terms of what they learned and how much of it did they learn and it made me curious to ask, does anyone know what the Ribnitzer Rebbe's Learning ...
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With what Halachic work should an Ashkenaz start his learning?

If an Ashkenaz Jew wanted to start diving into the learning halacha are there any sources on which halachic work might be recommended to him to start with?
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What is the significance of the different years in which a fruit is permitted to be eaten?

In parshas Kiddoshim we learn that for the first three years, a fruit may not be eaten at all. Then in the fourth year, it may be taken to Yerushalayim to be eaten. Then finally in the fifth year, it ...
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The meaning of Ezekiel 20:25?

Ezekiel 20:24-26 Because they did not perform My ordinances, and they rejected My statutes and desecrated My Sabbaths, and their eyes were after the idols of their fathers. (25) I, too, gave them ...
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Was the Talmud available in written form, partially or fully, before the 7th century?

was the Talmud available in written form partially or fully before the 7th century? or just was transmitted orally?
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Can “asher yotzar” be called part of Birkas HaTorah?

My chavrusa suggested that the blessings of “al netilas yodoyim” and “asher yotzar” are part of Birkas HaTorah. Is there any evidence for this please? The implication would be that even if a person ...
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Why does Rashi bring the gematria hint of בזאת?

It says on Rashi beginning of Acharei https://www.chabad.org/dailystudy/torahreading.asp?tdate=4/18/2021 with this: בְּזֹאת. Its gematria [numerical value] is 410, an allusion to [the number of years ...
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What is the intention of the Moshiach proofs from the Torah, brought by Rambam?

In chapter 11 of the laws of kings (and their wars) (https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1188356/jewish/Melachim-uMilchamot-Chapter-11.htm) the Rambam defines the basic obligation to ...
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Academic Resources for Torah & Talmud Study [closed]

I am looking for specific online resources or fundamental books and guides (online or in print) that are practical and helpful tools for a more 'academic' approach to the study of Tanakh and Talmud. ...
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Why does Tanya chapter 48 exclude spiritual space, yet talk about it?

In Tanya chapter 48 it talks about "sovev kol almin", the light it Hashem that "surrounds" all worlds, then it says that the explanation of the term is not that it "surrounds&...
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Is davening/learning in a prison cell allowed?

In most prison/custody cells in the UK, and likely elsewhere in the world, there is no seperation between the living/sleeping area and the toilet. Is a person allowed to daven or learn Torah in such a ...
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Was the concept of Godhead (one God in multiple persons) known to Judaism before the advent of Christianity?

Was the concept of Godhead (one God, but multiple persons) known to Judaism prior to the advent of Christianity? Were there Jews that held a Binitarian, Trinitarian or similar "Godhead" ...
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Why does Rashi in fifth reading of Shmini change from the source?

Regarding Moshe's response to Aharon at the end of the fifth reading of Shmini, Rashi writes that Moshe's response to Aharon (who said if we heard the leniency of eating the one time only sacrifices ...

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