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What is the correct order of learning the mesechta of shas from beginner level to advanced? [closed]

What order should Talmud be learned in?
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Why do most Orthodox Jews hold the Talmud as not even the same, but actually more valid than the Torah? [closed]

I had a few major questions I brought to a well known Orthodox rabbi (not looking to get into those questions yet here), I was asking him how something was ok, when the Torah is adamant it is not, and ...
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Teaching Gemara to a beginner to prepare for yeshiva. Goal is basic fluency. Looking for a simple perek/masechet to learn. Thanks!

He's a senior in high school and a very smart, analytical fellow though he lacks some basic textual skills because he's in public school. Going for gap year yeshiva next year and they said he should ...
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"One who does not waste time, has time for everything" - learning on Shabbos

The Chida, in his Moreh BeEtzba (153) writes basically that on Shabbos, ones occupation should solely be Limud HaTorah. He says, כי לא נתנו שבתות וי״ט אלא ללמוד תורה. ומי שאינו מאבד הזמן יש עת לכל ...
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Is it forbidden or just disrespectful to wear a kippah with ads on it while in shul or learning?

When my kids were in yeshiva, the school had a policy that they were not allowed to wear kippot that had any writing other than their name, or "Yerushalayim" or something similar. I.e. - no logos like ...
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Is there anywhere I can learn the Yerushalmi cantillation online?

Basically the title, I can’t find anything, maybe y'all know.
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Shochtim who learned from translated materials

The Maharil in his Tshusvos Chadashos ("New Responsa," mentioned here), writes (Siman 93) that the custom is not to give kabblah to shochtim who learned the laws shechita in German (translated ...
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ניצוץ, סוד, גלגול, שורש Whats the difference?

There is a running theme comparing Mordechai to Moshe, the message is usually the same but the phrases found in kabbalistic works often use slightly different words such as Yaaros Devash מרדכי גלגול ...
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Is it true Baal Shem Tov knew his zivug?

Is it true the Baal Shem Tov knew his zivug before he got married to her? If yes how did he know? That is, in this story, we read: Rav Efraim Kitover, the Av Beit din of Brody, was once involved in a ...
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Who were the people who would make hachlatas in their hearts and be careful to keep them

BH Our teacher told us once that there were certain people from the Gemara correct me If I’m wrong that if they made a hachlata (decision) in their minds to do something they would do it. Would this ...
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Is a shower curtain enough to create a separate room?

As per here: https://halachayomit.co.il/en/Default.aspx?HalachaID=1751&PageIndex=3 "Obviously, the aforementioned Halacha applies only to a room that houses a bathtub or shower alone; ...
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Torah thoughts conceived during davening

Are there any statements in Chazal (any era) about Torah ideas that one had during prayer accidentally (b'shogeg/b'ones) ch'v, when one should have been concentrating only on the words of prayer (...
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Are you allowed to recite a verse from Tanach by heart while reviewing Mishnayos?

According to those who hold that it is forbidden to recite a verse from Tanach by heart even for yourself, would it be permitted if he is quoting it from a Mishnah while reviewing it by heart?
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Is it true the Ari said that if there is hate of one scholar to another it's because they're from the same shoresh?

Is it true that the Ari said that if there is hate from two talmidei chachamim this is because they're from the same shoresh neshama?
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Preparing to learn daf yomi Yerushalmi

I am planning to start learning daf yomi Yerushalmi. I have never learned Yerushalmi before Are there websites the provide the text and audio explanation of the daf akin to those that exist for Bavli?...
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Shmita learning cycle?

I’m wondering if there’s some sort of standardized learning cycle. Similar to the way daf Yomi is designed to be completed every 7.5 years, it seems to me that it would be a good idea if all Derachim ...
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Always a Lamed with a Dagesh

I'm looking for the sources that the Minchat Shai uses here in his comment in Shemot 6:10 which is the very first time the Torah records the famous verse וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ אל ...
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Listening to shiurim in bed

Can one fall asleep listening to shiurim about stories, not gemara or Chumash, but really just stories?
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Ein beis hamidrash bli chiddush

Rav Daniel Glatstein shlita often quotes the idea of: ein beis hamidrash bli chiddush Meaning, whenever you say a chiddush, over and over, there always is something new to say and to discover. Where ...
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Order of Talmud Torah for a baal teshuvah

What’s the Halacha for the order of what Torah study a baal teshuvah should do? If a Jew has little to no Talmud Torah background and they become religious in life, what should they prioritize ...
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Where does it say it’s not about the job but rather it’s the merits?

BH I heard that it's not about the Job or certain profession that you have rather it's your merits that actually bring you your parnasa if this is an accurate statement according to the Talmud what is ...
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How to respect your colleagues

BH I heard there is a Mitzvah to respect your fellow colleagues what does the Torah say from the Talmud and Halacha upon this topic?
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The beauty of referencing Torah-sources

Rashi, in several places, says "לא ידעתי" - I don't know. It is said that Rabbi Akiva Eiger made a list of the times Rashi said "לא ידעתי" - I don't know, people were bothered by ...
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Are non-Jews allowed to study the laws that pertain to them? [duplicate]

Non-Jews are prohibited from Torah study. However, I would be inclined to think that they are allowed, if not encouraged, to study the 7 Commandments for the Descendants of Noach. Is this true? If yes,...
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Does "reputation scoring" make "the Torah a crown to magnify yourself with"?

Is "reputation scoring" against the spirit of Pirkei Ovos 4 (5) "Rabbi Tzaddok would say: Do not make the Torah a crown to magnify yourself with, ...."
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Need help getting back into learning torah after 10 years

I went to Yeshiva all my life until I finished High school and after that I fell out of learning torah, whether its chumash or gemara etc... It's been 10 years since I last opened a gemara, or chumash ...
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Splitting learning for a siyum

For various purposes such as the one discussed in Source for finishing the entire Mishnayos for Shloshim, people organize projects to complete some section of Torah (e.g. an order of Mishna) ...
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Can I make a siyum on audio lessons?

I learned an entire Talmudic tractate by listening to audio lessons, without actually reading any words from the printed text. May I make a siyum? It appears that "shomea k'oneh" wouldn't ...
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ואהבת לרעך כמוך - Commandement to express an emotion?

Where can I find discussions on the topic of ואהבת לרעך כמוך being a commandment to express and feel an emotion. The underlying question is, How can we be commanded to feel a certain way? (This is ...
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Parshas Yisro - Asking Moshe Rabbeinu directly: who got to listen?

Early in Parshas Yisro, Yisro noticed that Moshe was answering questions all day long. He asked Moshe about it: וַיַּרְא֙ חֹתֵ֣ן מֹשֶׁ֔ה אֵ֛ת כׇּל־אֲשֶׁר־ה֥וּא עֹשֶׂ֖ה לָעָ֑ם וַיֹּ֗אמֶר מָֽה־...
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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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Does an English translation of Rashbam on Bava Batra exist on the internet?

Is there an English translation of Rashbam on Bava Batra somewhere on the internet?
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Can you put a pencil as a bookmark in sifrei Kodesh?

BH Can you put a pencil in sifrei kodesh as a bookmark?
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Does it say anywhere that the people buried in Kavers don’t like when people put rocks on their kaver

BH Does it say anywhere in Torah that the people buried in kavers don’t like it when people put rocks on top of their kevers(like little pebbles like the neshama doesn’t like it)?
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Is there a caution in Torah against leaning on sifrei kodesh

BH Is there a worry of leaning on sifrei kodesh like leaning your left elbow on the book while doing something else with your right hand?
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Is there any cautions against a person in Torah when someone lies [duplicate]

BH Are there cautions against a person in Torah if someone lies like if a potential shiduch or even close acquaintance lies?
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What are some sources against treating others possessions with respect

BH What are the sources of treating other peoples property carefully and not devaluing it’s value like saying “because it’s not so expensive it must not be so valuable there for if it breaks its still ...
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What’s the source of davening twords the wall?

BH What’s the source or is there a source of davening facing towards the wall and not if someone is in front of you? Is the optimum way to daven facing right towards the wall and not behind someone ...
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Does it say anywhere in Halacha that a person shouldn’t eat where others Arnt eating?

BH Does it say anywhere that a person shouldn’t eat where others are eating so they won’t feel hungry while the person is eating?
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Each word of Torah is its own mitzvah for gentiles?

This is a quote from an article I read on torchweb.org "The Vilna Gaon in Shenos Eliyahu explains that each and every word of Torah that we study is its own separate mitzvah with its own separate ...
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Where does it first talk about saying HaNotein Re'ach Tov BaPeirot

BH Where does it first talk about saying the Bracha HaNotein Re'ach Tov BaPeirot?
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Sources identification of the Steipler Gaon

I've read in an article that the Steipler Gaon, Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky zt"l wrote: I’ve seen many who were thought in their youth to be incapable of succeeding, yet over time they grew to ...
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Teshuvah still possible when Mashiach comes or not? [duplicate]

BH I heard when Mashiach comes we will be indefinitely doing teshuvah forever. From another place I heard that when Mashiach comes teshuvah will be closed and no more teshuvah will be possible (I ...
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Conflicting meanings of "Shulchan Aruch"

On the first posuk of Mishpatim, Rashi brings from Mechilta that Torah should not be conveyed as dry information, but it should be taught with its full rationale, like a שלחן ערוך, a "table set ...
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The 10th Month Is Obviously Teves!

In Megilah 13a - we bring down a פסוק from the מגילה which says: “So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal house in the tenth month, which is the month Tevet” (Esther 2:16). Why did the ...
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Why does one who does chessed and Torah get the portion of Yosef and Yissachar?

In Bava Kamma (17a) it says: א"ר יוחנן משום ר"ש בן יוחאי מאי דכתיב (ישעיהו לב, כ) אשריכם זורעי על כל מים משלחי רגל השור והחמור כל העוסק בתורה ובגמילות חסדים זוכה לנחלת שני שבטים ... וזוכה ...
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Shimush: Mar'os on Niddah - why does it work?

In Hilchos Niddah, expertise in מראות, examining bedikos or kesamim (intentional examinations, or accidental stains on the woman's undergarments) to decide if they are tamei - which would make the ...
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Baal Teshuva to Semicha

I have a bit of a unique question. I am a Baal Teshuva who is currently working on Semicha Yoreh De'ah through Lemaan Yilmedu. (you can find the curriculum here if you wish). I have spent the last few ...
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Will the Torah you did learn save you from the Torah you didn't?

On the one hand: Torah study protects forever, in this life, in death, and in the resurrection of the dead. (Sotah 5b, paraphrased) Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish said: Troubles are removed from all those ...
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The Pact Between Zebulun and Issachar

Tradition tells us that the tribes of Zebulun and Issachar had an understanding: Zebulon would make money in trade to support itself and Issachar, and Issachar would study Torah full-time. This ...

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