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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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learning in a lucid dream

I had a very odd dream last night. It was a lucid dream, meaning I realized it was a dream. There are supposedly ways to induce this, but in my case it was an accident. I have no idea why it ...
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Washing ones hands prior to Torah on this website

Does one have to wash his hands before reading Writing a Question Answering A Halachic /Torah related post on Mi yodeya. This is assuming he didn't remember if he touched a covered area without ...
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Looking for an english translation of targum onkeles

I am looking for an english orthodox translation of targum onkeles or, if a translation doesn't exist, maybe a shiur which goes through targum in english on a weekly basis.
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Online videos of shiurim

Are non-Jews allowed to watch online videos of shiurim, and if so, how would a Gentile know if he or she is permitted to watch it? As a non-Jew, I like spending time watching YouTube videos of ...
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How to explain the Talmud to someone who hasn't ever opened one?

To those who are in Yeshiva, learning Gemara for three sedarim a day is often a regular sight. To those who are actually learning it, it's often an extremely rewarding experience, and one in which ...
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Would reading a seforim catalog in the bathroom be prohibited?

You aren't supposed to study Torah or even think about Torah thoughts while in a place of uncleanliness, such as the bathroom. (See here and here.) But what about a catalog that sells seforim such as ...
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Reciting Scripture Orally

The Talmud (Gittin 60b) states that the Written Law may not be recited orally: דברים שבכתב אי אתה רשאי לאומרן על פה This is cited as authoritative law, by Rambam in Hilkhot Tefillah (12:8). Are ...
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Does a non-Jew learn in the womb the same way a Jew does?

At every stage of a person’s existence, Torah is part of it. “When you are sitting at home” (meaning in the womb) “when you are going on the road,” (meaning the soul descends from the world above to ...
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Why learn late thursday night?

What is the sources for the practice to stay up late learning torah on Thursday nights? When or how did this practice develop and spread? And why is it called a mishmar? Is this a common name for a ...
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Is there a custom to study the laws of Messiah on tisha bav?

I noticed a shiur being delivered tisha bav afternoon on the Rambam's laws of the Messianic King. This is interesting. Torah study is usually prohibited on tisha bav. Does this practice have a source ...
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Saying Kiriat Shema after the sof ziman on Tisha B'av [duplicate]

The Mishnah in Brachot 1:2 tells us that: הַקּוֹרֵא מִכָּאן וְאֵילָךְ לֹא הִפְסִיד, כְּאָדָם הַקּוֹרֵא בַתּוֹרָה: If one recites [Shema] later than this (The third hour), he has not lost out, [...
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May one learn Torah from an unacceptable source on Tisha B'Av in the context of a source that is permissible?

For instance, Midrash Eichah is on the list in the Mechaber (OC 554:2). One piece in there discusses the comparison between the Eichah's mentioned by Moshe, Yeshaya, and Yirmiya (Eichah Rabbah 1:1). ...
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Can seforim be muktze on tish'a b'av that falls on shabbos?

If tish'a b'av were to fall on shabbos, would the sections of Torah prohibited for study on tish'a b'av cause the seforim in which they are found to be muktze? If in a given sefer there are ...
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May a man eat meat if attending the siyum of a woman?

The Rema on the Shulchan Aruch states that if one partakes of a seudat mitzvah such as a siyum then a person may eat meat or drink wine during the nine days. I would like to know if any poskim speak ...
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What are some relatively easy gemaras to learn? [closed]

Please list masechtas that easier to learn. Don't mention Megillah I already learned that one
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What creates more dveikus, tefillah or learning?

I have heard that learning Torah is what makes a person "closer" to God, so to speak. I have also heard that Tefillah does this. I am using the word dveikus very loosely as I am sure there are very ...
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Why has it become common to say a drasha in a mourner's home?

If I understand the top of Mo'ed Kattan 23a correctly, it says that one should not say aggadah in a mourner's home. (The phrasing immediately after says that they did this after Rav Chananiah ben ...
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Is sign-language considered valid as “Targum”?

For fulfilling the mitvah of 2 Mikrah / 1 Targum, O.C. 285:2 says that if one cannot understand Targum, one may use Rash"i. In viewing Mishnah Brurah commentary # 4, there's a suggestion on what to ...
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Can a “metargem” fulfill the Targum obligation of “2 Mikra and 1 Targum”?

I understand that Yemenite congregations still use a metargem - a person who translates each Torah verse being read into Targum Onkelos. (The metargem was much more common centuries ago.) O.C. 585:5 ...
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Knowing all of Torah a prerequisite for getting married according to Halacha? [closed]

This article (http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/04/when-to-get-married/) states that two things are necessary before getting married: knowing Torah and a livelihood. It cites sources, but I'm not sure ...
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Should Torah study exclude the performance of other mitzvos?

Since the Mishnah teaches that "talmud Torah kneged kulom", and also given those who say that one should ideally learn Torah constantly, wouldn't it follow that Torah study should be performed ...
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what is bitul torah b'eichut?

what are the guidelines as to what is bitul torah b'eichut (quality)? How does one determine what is in this category and what is not? please source note i am not asking on bitul torah of quantity, ...
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Seventy approaches to Torah

It is often said that there are seventy approaches to Torah. What is the earliest known source that says this? (This related question merely quotes "Bamidbar Rabbah," and I assume he refers to 13:15 ...
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Must one say a blessing before writing Torah thoughts?

Suppose one wakes up in the morning, and comes up with a chiddush in some subject of Torah. Must he say the blessing for studying Torah before writing it down?
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Source for learning all parts of Torah at least once

I was once told that one should learn every part of Torah at least once, even without complete understanding. Once you have seen it once in "Shamayim" you will be able to reveal the depths of ...
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Source for exclusively learning/seeking Torah from someone whose face is glowing like an angel?

I remember several times coming across a text that asked something along the lines of: "Who should one seek/learn Torah from?" or "How does one know whether to seek/learn Torah from a certain Rabbi?" ...
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Is The looking for a source or book itself a part of toiling in Torah?

There is a mitzvah to toil in Torah study. See Rashi Vayikra 26:3: אם בחקתי תלכו. יָכוֹל זֶה קִיּוּם הַמִּצְוֹת, כְּשֶׁהוּא אוֹמֵר וְאֶת מִצְוֹתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִיתֶם אֹתָם הֲרֵי קִיּוּם הַמִּצְוֹת אָמוּר, הָא ...
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What does עמלות בתורה actually mean?

Poroshas beĥukosai begins with the words אם בחוקותי תלכו which rashi, somewhat famously explains, based on toras kohanim that this means 'if we will be עמלים בתורה'. This is a commonly quoted rashi ...
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Is it Yichud to learn/study torah with the opposite gender? [closed]

I am in my journey of baal teshuva, and as such am very excited to further my knowledge and study of Torah with members of my community. I just recently met someone who is on this same journey as me, ...
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Did the wicked kings know how to learn?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 102a) says Jeroboam I was almost as great as King David: וירבעם יצא מירושלים אמר ר' חנינא בר פפא שיצא מפיתקה של ירושלים (מלכים א יא, כט) וימצא אותו אחיה השילוני הנביא בדרך ...
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Connection between 48 ways to acquire Torah and Sefira

It seems to be assumed (and I'll give an example in a second) that there is some connection between the 48 ways to acquire Torah (see the so-called sixth chapter of Avot) and the time of the year when ...
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Source for making a celebration (siyum) upon completing some learning?

What is the source for the common practice of making a celebration (siyum) upon completing a tractate of Talmud or another significant amount of learning?
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How should i learn Tanach?

I was learning the Maharal on Avos and he strongly denounces the commonly-practised Yeshiva system in use in the Ashkenazic world. Specifically, he complains about starting to learn gemara-rashi-...
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Can a male rabbi teach Torah lessons to a woman?

Assuming all laws of yichud are complied with, are there additional concerns arising from a male rabbi teaching Torah classes to a female student? Does the answer to 1 differ if they are both married,...
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How to go about learning a Sugya הלכה למעשה

If I want to learn a Sugya in Gemarah all the way from the Daf to modern day Poskim, what has worked for you in order to accomplish this goal? Which Rishonim did you learn? Did you look at the Tur or ...
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Using Torah as a punishment

I remember hearing or seeing somewhere that a Rebbi who uses the Torah for a punsihment can make a student hate Torah. For example,a boy speaks in class ,then the Rebbi makes the boy write over a ...
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How do ask (24) questions?

In Bava Metzia 84a, we learn about Reish Lakish and the 24 questions he asks. After hearing this story I was inspired to ask more questions. I'm struggling with being inquisitive. I'm just taking my ...
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Is eating olives daily OK?

Is there an issue [transgressing the Mishna Avos (Avos 3:8) of causing oneself to forget his learning] to eat olives seeing that Horayos (13b) writes olives eaten frequently will cause one to forget ...
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I'm not sure what to do when I reach this phrase in the Gemara?

When learning Gemara I sometimes run into a phrase that says: "On this answer they asked all the questions that were asked earlier on the page and they were answered the same way they were answered ...
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For the Sake of an Argument?

In the Mishna, Miqvaos 7:1, Rabbi Akiva quotes Rabbi Ishmael as having declared that snow does not count towards the completion of a mikva, but the people of Meibeba then testify that Rabbi Ishmael ...
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Is it better to learn one Mesechta or a few of them?

Is it better to learn one Mesechta and know it very well, or to learn many Mesechtos and know them superficially?
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Is it permissible to make money from writing Torah books?

I know that Torah needs to be taught for free (Hilchos Talmud Torah 1.2): ...אסור ללמד תורה בשכר שנאמר ואותי צוה ה' בעת ההיא ללמד אתכם חוקים ומשפטים מה אני בחנם אף אתם בחנם...‏ And, if not ...
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Age for Studying Academic Scholars of Kabbalah

It is a given that there are restrictions related to age and level of scholarship regarding who may study the Kabbalah (see Minimum Age to Learn Kabbalah?, for example). Do such restrictions extend to ...
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Learning or Dedicating for Leilu Nishmas: Sephardic vs. Ashkenazic

Just curious as to the differences between Sephardic/Mizrahi and Ashkenazic customs in regards to mentioning a deceased person's mother or father's name when dedicating something? I think Ashkenazim ...
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Why only 6 nations (where was the 7th)

I heard that there were 7 nations in Israel,. why Shemos 3.8 only mentions 6?
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Arguing with the Rishonim

Is there an accepted understanding among Orthodox Jews that an Achron cannot argue with a Rishon (Torah scholars who lived between the years 1000 and 1500)? If so,what is this concept based on and ...
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Daily Torah from Rav Avigdor Miller

Is anyone aware of any daily email that is sent out that includes a Torah from Rav Avigdor Miller?
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Did the Vilna Gaon study Torah on Christmas?

I'm looking for some information (sourced) about the Vilna Gaon and Nittelnacht. Did the Vilna Gaon avoid the study of Torah on the night of Nittel (Christmas) as was done by some European ...
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What's so special about the Bartenura on Mishnayos? [closed]

Nowadays there are many peirushim that have been written on Mishnayis that are written clearly with full details and attention to all facets of understanding the mishna. Why is it that some people ...
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Why do Kollelim have only half a day on Fast Days? [closed]

Why does BMG in Lakewood close the Yeshiva in the afternoon of a ta'anis like I witnessed on Asarah Ba'teives? Since when are people so weak that it has become seemingly impossible to learn on a fast ...