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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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What are the parameters of the prohibition against a non-Jew learning Torah?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 58a) declared that a non-Jew is liable to death for learning Torah (at least the parts not relevant to him practically). If you read the passuk תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה literally, “...
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Is anyone aware of a good Dictionary/Lexicon style book to help expand a person's Hebrew/Yeshivish vocabulary?

I was curious if a good book existed which broke down common phrases or words related to religious practice and observance. Say a dictionary but it defines common phrases in observance. Example: Mi ...
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Did Ha-Paliṭ have a long lifespan or is this metaphor?

Was it the same Ha-Paliṭ who met with Abraham? If so, how can Og live so long from Noach’s day until Abraham’s if they were at least hundreds of years apart before he was granted long life. They are ...
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Source for 600K letters in the actual Torah scroll in Zohar

This is a follow-up question to the-actual-vs-600k-letters-in-the-Torah. The idea of the 600K letters of the Torah is seemingly unanimously accepted by all Rabbis (at least I didn't see an ...
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How can verses from the Torah be written on paper without the paper becoming sheimos?

I often find myself mindlessly doodling psukim from Tanach on paper (especially Tehillim). Is there any way I can do this without making the paper sheimos?
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Why Aharon, Itamar and Elazar were not part of the 70 elders?

Rambam Sanhedrin 2:2 says that the Kohanim are the first to sit in the Sanhedrin: "וּמִצְוָה לִהְיוֹת בְּסַנְהֶדְרִין גְּדוֹלָה כֹּהֲנִים וּלְוִיִּים שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יז ט) "וּבָאתָ אֶל ...
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Does Zevulun/Issachar agreement extend to prayers?

We know that the ZI"A holds for learning Torah, in other words, Zevulun provides to financial support for Issachar to learn Torah all day. Can that include the Teffilot? If not, can one be extended ...
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Maximizing merits/Mitzvot on Yom Kippur?

If I understand it right, The final verdict of YK is based on weighing one's merits vs sins and not how hard one davens on Yom Kippur. (Based on Rambam's Hichot Teshuva). My logic says that the YK day ...
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Why include details of the Oral Law in the Written Torah?

Some Mitzvot are written in the Torah very briefly or even hinted to, like "כבד את אביך", "לא תבשל גדי", "וקשרתם לאות על ידך" and many more. For example, the Torah gives no details on how the כיבוד אב ...
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Difference in languages , מפני, בפני, לפני and מלפני?

The use of letters ב,כ,ל,מ is pretty standard with verb infinitives in Hebrew, for example, לראות אותו, בראותו, מראותו, כראותו. What is the difference in using בכל"מ with the word פני? For example ...
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Why there are no anti-altering failsafe measures in the Written Torah?

(The original question asked if there are any, but there aren't, hence the update). The famous ו דגחון Sugiah in Kiddushin 30a: "א"ל: ניתי ס"ת ואימנינהו, מי לא אמר רבה בר בר חנה לא זזו משם עד ...
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Anti-altering measures of the Oral Torah

The Oral Torah was [presumably] forbidden to be written down. The Gemmorah clearly shows that even in a span of 100 years there were huge differences in recalling the Mishnaic formulas. For example "...
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Learning Derashos or Pshat of Alternate Readings of Tanach

Background: In this week's Parsha (Devarim 11:4), the Chizkuni says the following: אשר הציף מי ים סוף על פניהם ברדפם אחריהם – ברדוף המים אחרי המצרים, והיינו דכתיב: נערמו מים, שתרגם אונקלוס: חכימו ...
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Mir smicha qualifications

Rabbi Finkel from Mir would give Smicha as follows. He would randomnly take out one of the volumes of Shulchan Aruch (any section)and randomnly open the page - and show it to the testee. He would then ...
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How the irrational number Pi can be derived from the Torah?

Some traditions say, based on the Gemmorah in Taanis 9a (also מדרש רבה נשא י' ו', זוהר פנחס רכ"א א, and more): "ליכא מידי דלא רמיזא באורייתא" (Is there anything that is written in the Writings that ...
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Is a Bei'ur the same thing as a Peirush?

What characteristics define Biur and Peirush? Are they different from one another? Are they related somehow? If so, in which aspects? Please, explain. Sources are welcome.
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Torah Shabbos Tisha b'Av After Chatzos

There seem to be widespread reports of an Ashkenazi custom to refrain from studying (joyful) Torah specifically after chatzos (midday) on Shabbos that falls out on the 9th of Av (see e.g. here and ...
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How early were maps used to understand Tanach?

In many editions of Tanach I’ve seen there are often maps of the middle eastern area in attempt to explain the places where certain events occurred. (For example, the journeys of יעקב אבינו or stuff ...
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Do the Talmudic disputes prove absence of ruled Halachah (הלכה פסוקה)

This is a serious question about our understanding of the development of the current Halachah. When I started my Teshuvah some 30 years ago, I was told that the Sages knew the Whole Torah and their ...
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Meaningful ways to spend Tisha b'Av?

I am struggling a bit on Tisha b'Av to find meaningful ways to spend the day. I am looking for advice on meaningful activities that fulfill the intent of the day (mourning for Jerusalem and the ...
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Which is better: going to learn poorly for a week, or to miss one day to learn better the rest?

Let’s say someone is sick. Laryngitis. Hardly able to speak. He’s able to go to learn, but it’s extremely difficult and painful. If he goes, he will learn poorly because of his condition, and he will ...
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Aryeh Kaplan and Talmud memorization

Aryeh Kaplan’s Jewish Meditation, page 27: I recall that when I was in yeshivah, a few friends and I decided to have a contest to see who could memorize the most pages of Talmud. For me, it was an ...
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Does Talmud Torah truly trump literally every single other mitzvah?(or are there exceptions?)

Talmud Torah is greater than all the other mitzvahs combined (Nefesh hachaim etc. And many other sources that say this), But how far does it go? Is one word of learning greater than keeping a full ...
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Does learning / teaching Mussar, (Jewish ethics) without quoting Torah texts, require Birchas Hatorah? [duplicate]

Does learning or teaching Mussar (Jewish ethics) without quoting Torah texts, require Birchas Hatorah? There are many types of Mussar, like someone telling another person what the Jewish ideology is ...
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Why to stop gentiles to learn Judaism? Is this a rabbinical law or Torah Law?

Judaism doesn't preach, nor encourage gentiles to convert, moreover, here I saw many discussions : It is not allowed to teach gentiles the Torah. Judaism believes in reincarnation, any gentiles could ...
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Why isn't there kaddish derabanan after the “sermon”?

The related question discusses what kind of learning is needed to bring forth a kaddish derabanan. In many minyanim, some learning (or a two-minute quick drash by someone) is undertaken between mincha ...
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Me'am Lo'ez on not beginning a new mesechta on Rosh Chodesh

It is brought down by the Me'am Lo'ez to Vayikra (page 64) that it is customary not to begin learning a new mesechta on Rosh Chodesh. The footnote gives as a source "Tur; Hagah; Taanis 32; Yoreh Deah ...
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siyum masechet when learning chapters in arbitrary order

Is it possible to make a siyum masechet when learning the chapters in an arbitrary order? For example if i learn the last chapter before the first?
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Why is Talmud Bavli studied more than Yerushalmi?

I'm far from an expert on either Bavli or Yerushalmi. But, I'm curious as to why yeshivot (and, to an extent, even individual adults learning by themselves, chevruta or via shiurim) study Bavli far ...
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What is the Jewish perspective on play time? [duplicate]

The Jewish books of ethics are replete with the notion that any available moment that a Jew has he should be engaged in the study of Torah - and every moment available that is not utilized for the ...
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Going from an nonreligious reform Jew to a religious one?

I turned sixteen a couple of weeks ago and the real world is starting to open up to me. My father is a Christian, but my mother is Jewish which makes myself and my siblings Jewish. We went to ...
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No true novel Torah?

If Kohelet said there is nothing new under the sun, then can there ever really be a novel Torah? Also, could it be that the Torah we deem as novel is really just dvar Torahs that were conceived in a ...
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Were all future Torah innovations taught to Moshe at Har Sinai?

Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer Ch. 2-------פרקי דרבי אליעזר פרק ב אמר לו, (רבי יוחנן לרבי אליעזר) אמשול לך משל למה הדבר דומה, למעין זה שהוא נובע ומוציא מים, ויש בכוחו להוציא מים יותר ממה שהוא מכניס. כך ...
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Suggestions for Shavuot all-night learning session

Besides Meguilat Rut and the laws pertaining to Yom Tov in general, is there anything Lail Shavuot is specifically considered a good time to learn about, Torah-wise?
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Why no Kaddish DeRabbanan at Minchah?

Rambam writes in Seder HaTefillah: קדיש דרבנן כל עשרה מישראל או יתר שעוסקין בתלמוד תורה שעל פה ואפילו במדרשות או בהגדות כשהן מסיימין אומר אחד מהן קדיש Kaddish DeRabbanan: Anytime ten or more ...
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Vilna Gaon — mini nevuah after six hours of study?

In Aish Moharan1, Rav Berland cites the Vilna Gaon as having said that after six hours of uninterrupted Torah study, the first thoughts a person has are a form of mini nevuah (prophecy). כמו שמובא ...
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Sweetness of Torah — Nature or nurture

We have a tradition that Torah is sweet, and learning it brings immense joy. I have found this to be true, and indisputable. However, the question is if this is a) nature or nurture or b) meant to ...
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Is one allowed to study Torah silently if one flatulated?

If one flatulates and the smell is still present, is he allowed to learn Torah silently, or not?
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Can I browse mi yodeya in the bathroom? [duplicate]

Is there a halachic problem with reading mi yodeya questions and answers in the bathroom?
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learning torah for deceased person - is all reward to the deceased?

There is a custom to learn torah (especially mishnayos) for a deceased person. Does all the torah study reward go to the deceased person or does some torah study reward also go to the person learning? ...
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Sources that allow “important women” to be taught/learn Torah?

The Shulchan Aruch (YD 246) codifies the law that women should not be taught the Oral Law. It seems it is also not the best thing to teach even the Written Law, but that if you do, it's not the same ...
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is a person allowed to pray or learn with traces semen/zera on his underwear?

if a person has traces of semen on his underwear, is he allowed to pray or study Torah? because it's forbidden to pray when your garments are not clean.
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What is the number one or the most recommended Talmud/Gemara passage for a child to begin studying?

What is the number one or the most recommended Talmud/Gemara passage for a child to begin studying? I understand that the number one or the most recommended Torah passage for a child to begin ...
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Doing Rambam using audio shiur?

Regarding the institution of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe to learn the Rambam, either 3 chapters a day or 1 chapter a day, does anyone know if one is yotzei by listening to and understanding a audio ...
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Is academic Jewish studies considered learning torah?

Would the academic study of Judaism such as a typical bible studies course taught in a Jewish Studies department at a University qualify as torah study? I am curious about this both halachicly - would ...
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No sevara before completing shas?

In this shiur http://classic.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/895937/Rabbi_Hershel_Schachter/Derech_HaLimud_and_Shiur_of_the_Rav# at about the 26 minute mark Rav Schachter says "they printed" that Rav ...
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Subjectivity of halacha

My friend who is just getting into judaism asked me a question while learning some gemara: Why should I learn gemara? Obviously it is interesting and etc, but halacha-wise, it is just these people's ...
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Melody for Studying Mishneh Torah

When in Israel I went to a Temani synagogue named Beit Kenesseth haRambam and after services they study a bit of the Mishneh Torah but they chanted it in a particular melody. Anyone know what melody ...
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How can one tell the difference between Chidushei Torah and words of a heretic?

I was intrigued by this recent M.Y. question and its answers that suggest that one is encouraged to develop his own chiddushei Torah. This had me thinking about what Talmud Chagigah 15a-b (excerpt ...
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Who has the right to come up with chiddushei Torah?

I am not at all learned in Torah, and yet I occasionally come up with what I think is a chiddush of Torah. Of course, it frequently turns out that someone else has thought of my "chiddush" before me,...