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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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Male and Female duties and responsibilities [closed]

The Torah indeed outlines distinct roles and responsibilities for men and women. However, the concept of "bitul Torah" traditionally pertains primarily to men. In my understanding, this ...
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Learning discourses of Chabad Rebbes

The Rebbes of Chabad during their own lifetimes published a notable number of books (see p.37 there), such as Tanya, Torah Ohr and Derech Mitzvosecha. These are, I presume, regularly learned by Chabad ...
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Shittim wood is connected to Shtus?

I've heard about a connection with the עֲצֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֑ים being connected to שטות. Can anyone point me in the right direction? (Posibly from Toras Lubavitch)
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What type of wood was Haman's gallows?

There are certainly different explanations of where Haman found a massive beam of wood to construct his gallows, but what TYPE of wood was it? Pirkei D'Rabbi ELiezer here says it was taken from the ...
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What/Where is Tarshish

Springboarding from a conversation here, is the term "Tarshish" mentioned anywhere (besides Jastrow) in connection with Bigsan and Seresh? This question is specifically looking to find a way ...
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What is the translation of דורמיטא? (Dormita)

What is the translation of דורמיטא? (Dormita) Is this something from the realms of kabbalah? When I searched Sefaria here, I found it mentioned many times in the context of Kabbalah, but I still don't ...
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Where can I find this in Sefer HaRokeach

I am trying to located "pirush Harokeach" on Meggilat Esther, but I'm having a very hard time finding it. Specifically i am looking for his pirush on Esther 3:6 regarding Haman being a ...
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Is there a Biurei Zohar online of the Mittler Rebbe

Does anyone know if there is a Biurei Zohar Copy online of the Mittler Rebbe?
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Shmiras halashon torah thought

I would like to know a short torah thought by any of the Rebbes of Chabad speaking about the importance of shmiras halashon. Thank you
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Chasam Sofer and Pardes Yosef

Culled from a lengthy answere here. Can anyone help pinpoint some topics covered by the Chasam Sofer or others about the SPECIFIC mitzvos the avos did. Please cite any sources given, links are ...
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Yeshiva curriculum prior to Matan Torah

What was being learned and discussed in the diffrent yeshivas that were established prior to the giving of the torah? Example: Eliezer was studying in yeshivah, The Yeshivah Shem V'ever, also The ...
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How did Noach know which animals were kosher prior to matan torah?

How did Noach know which animals were tahor? The Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin comments about this in his work, "Nefesh HaChaim, and says that the mefarshim say that Noach learned torah. Which ...
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Yaakov Avinu wearing teffilin

Where is it mentioned that Yaakov Avinu wore teffilin? Is it something from Kabbalah, or something more drush?
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Who is the Charadim Commentary on Jerusalem Talmud

Who is the author of this commentary?
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How frum were the people in the Torah?

Are there instances of biblical people celebrating holidays which did not occur in their time? Example: Did Avraham Avinu celebrate pesach? It can midrashic, or something alluded to in the ...
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Torah-teaching of Rav Edelstein zt"l: enjoy your learning

I've heard a shiur from Rabbi Daniel Glatstein on the teachings of Rav Gershon Edelstein zt"l in which Rav Edelstein zt"l describes what the obligations of a teacher of Torah should have in ...
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What does the Torah mean when it restricts homosexual relations? [duplicate]

A relative of mine, who happens to be gay, asked me if Oral sex is sanctioned under the scope of the restrictions on homosexual relations. If I remember correctly, the Torah forbids, for males, the ...
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When did we REALLY accept the Torah?

It is a known Gemara that the Jewish people "re-accepted" the Torah during the times of Esther. Question 1. Why did the Jews of that time specifically merit to be the ones to re-accept the ...
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What is being emphasized in the Chassidic thought for the day called HaYom Yom in connection with the festival of Shavuot?

In HaYom Yom for the first day of Shavuot it says: The Baal Shem Tov passed away on Wednesday, the first day of Shavuot, 5520 (1760) and is interred in Mezibuz. The Alter Rebbe Commented (on ...
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Manna From Heaven One who took more had nothing extra and one who took less wasn't laking

"One who took more had nothing extra and one who took less wasn't laking" (Shemot 16:18) What does it mean? One who took more was satisfied with more meaning he ate everything and was ...
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Why can women be lashed if Deuteronomy 25:3 speaks in masculine terms ("then thy brother should be dishonoured before thine eyes")?

According to Deuteronomy 25:3: ג אַרְבָּעִים יַכֶּנּוּ, לֹא יֹסִיף: פֶּן-יֹסִיף לְהַכֹּתוֹ עַל-אֵלֶּה מַכָּה רַבָּה, וְנִקְלָה אָחִיךָ לְעֵינֶיךָ. Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed; lest, if ...
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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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Who should we study with?

A standard teaching is having me a little confused: עֲשֵׂה לְךָ רַב -- Make for yourself a teacher. [Avot 1:6] At first blush, it means: Find yourself a learned rabbi, as great as possible, to teach ...
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Properties of honey and the Chafetz Chaim

I've heard in an online shiur from Rabbi Daniel Glatstein that the Chafetz Chaim wrote an explanation on the connection between honey and the Torah. Why is the Torah compared to honey, e.g., sweetness?...
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What are Obligations of teachers to their students

What are the obligations of a teacher of the Torah to his students. Or what are the laws that a teacher, rebbe, Rav must follow.
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Will the donkey of Moshiach talk?

B"H The question and answer here https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/52493/32743 Touch on the idea that the donkey that Moshe rode (his family and placed his belongings on (not him himself, the ...
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What are good books on humility by major scholars or Rabbis?

What are the best books, writings and great works by traditional scholars and Rabbis in Judaism dealing with the topic of humility? I want very traditional and age old works the likes of which you ...
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Switching topics - Bittul Torah?

Someone said today that they saw once in one of the seforim of the Chafetz Chaim that he wrote that if someone is learning Torah (a specific topic) and the veers unnecessarily to another topic of ...
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When Purim falls out on Shabbos, why are you allowed to give Mishloach Manos?

When Purim falls out on Shabbos, why are you allowed to give Mishloach Manos? Aren't we afraid one might carry it to a friend? Like רבה says in Megilah Daf 4b :(https://www.sefaria.org/Megillah.4b.21?...
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Baalei Batim and Daf Yomi versus Learning Halachah

Today, many baalei batim center their learning around gemara bavli, for example through programs like daf yomi. But the Drisha and Shach write that for those who aren't learning all day it's more ...
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What is Chazakah from 3 Times action [duplicate]

Hi I want to know what does it really mean a chazakah that gets formed after 3 actions and is it a sin of you don't do that same action the 4th time and what is the source of this law and how far does ...
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Hebrew texts (like the Torah) with IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) transliteration of each term?

Is there a mapping of Hebrew terms in the Torah (or any other key Hebrew text like you'd find on Sefaria), to the IPA pronunciation? Ideally even there would be at least two transliterations, one to ...
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Source for Story about Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi Collecting Teachings from All the Tanaim

Someone recently mentioned to me a story that in the days of the Tannaim most people learned from a single teacher and learned a single derekh or set of halakhot. Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi was unusual in ...
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What is the proof and reasoning that Rabbi Yitzchak and Rabbi Elazar are NOT arguing in Megillah 29a

B"H In a kuntress that the Rebbe gave out towards mid 5752 about the "house of our Rebbe in Bavel", it starts out with a chidush in Megillah 29a that Rabbi Yitzchak and Rabbi Elazar are ...
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Our inner flame of Torah and the Rama

The posuk in parashas Tzav writes: and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning in it. The Lubavitcher Rebbe in Likkutei Sichos (Vol. 1, p. 217; parashas Tzav) explains that the Torah we study ...
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How many hours a day should we dedicate to spending time with our children vs. learning?

As far as I can tell from experience, common wisdom, common sense and perhaps my Torah learning, it seems quality time spent talking, playing and generally interacting with one's parents is like ...
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The relationship between Rabbi Akiva and his wife

The Talmud tells us about the relationship between Rabbi Akiva and his wife: The daughter of Ben Kalba Savua told [Akiva]: If I betroth myself to you, will you go ... learn Torah? He said: Yes... He ...
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What's the difference between a Minhag and a takkanah [duplicate]

What is the difference between a Minhag and Takkanah? I know for example Rav Gershoms takkanah that a man is not allowed to divorce a woman against her own will is a Takkanah what's the difference ...
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Does G-d desire relationship?

From where was it derived that G-d wants to have companionship/relationship with man? On what basis has it been concluded that the Almighty seeks to have a personal relationship with man? Someone (non-...
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What is the minimum amount of Torah knowledge to not be considered an am Haaretz?

Rebbi Yehudah held bad things come into the world on account of amei haaretz. What is the minimum amount of Torah one would have to know to not be considered an am haaretz? Who would this apply to if ...
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What is the underlying purpose of Tzadakah?

Is the purpose of Tzadakah to simply feed and house the poor, if so why did Hillel give the rich man a horse and run before him?
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Meaning of the word בר in Proverbs 31:2

I'm a ben Noach. I was studying the use of the word בר in the Mishlei Shlomoh and I noticed that many important translations translate Proverbs 31:2 as follows: "What, my son? and what, son of ...
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I am looking for a pasuk that has to do with doors or entranceways [closed]

I am a photographer and am in the midst of a project where I took many different, beautiful, unique doors from the old city of Yerushalayim and Tzfas. I plan to make a collage of all the doors, and ...
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Is there a way to figure out which mefarshim to look at for parsha?

A mikro'os gedolos chumash has several different mefarshim's explanations on each passuk of each parsha. Obviously every single word of these commentaries are unfathomably valuable to our ...
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New rivers that will spring during The World to Come?

Once in the past, I read an article online (Now I don't remember where exactly), that says that during the messianic age or the world to come, there will be a phenomenon of the appearance of new ...
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List of Seforim that Collect Midrashim on the Parsha

I'm looking for a list of seforim that collect midrashim on the Parsha. In particular, I am looking for a sefer or seforim that can help me see what happens between the lines of the pesukim according ...
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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov - "science tells you how, Torah tells you why". Anyone have a source for this?

Heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gag_myt1hWw Is this quotation correct? If so, where is the source? Thank you.
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Is there a Zohar Yomi?

I know about the Daf Yomi and Rambam Yomi learning schedules. Is there an active organization of a Zohar Yomi learning schedule though? Does someone know?
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Learning out loud vs. learning quietly

In Yeshiva, I was taught it is best to learn out loud when learning from a sefer, and ideally with a pleasant song. I've seen many sources since then that mention it. Some people find this hard, ...
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The Alter Rebbe's view of reviewing Torah - is it followed in practice?

Related: comment thread in What should a Jew learn regularly? In the end of the Shulchan Aruch Harav Yoreh Deah, chelek ה, the Alter Rebbe has a wonderful exposition on the laws of Talmud Torah. In ...
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