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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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Is there a definitive diagram showing the relationship between Jewish scriptures?

I am not Jewish, just interested in the culture and history. I was looking for a diagram which shows the relationship between various Jewish texts -- Torah, Midrash, etc. -- everything that is ...
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Are there any Iyun Tefilla lectures online or in-house in Nassau County, Brooklyn or Queens?

I think the question title pretty much states everything. I'm seeking a live shiur (lecture) that focuses on iyun tefilla - understanding the prayers. Preferably, I would like the class to discuss ...
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Where can I find mishneh torah review questions?

Looking for review question and answers on the mishneh torah? Either sections or the entirety. Similar to this question Where can I find Chumash and Rashi review questions I am aware of Rabbi ...
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How to study Chol or Kodesh?

I remember that Harav Kook (הראי״ה) had in Orot Hakodesh a 10 steps for how to study something new, though I couldn't find it. What are the acceptable/recommended ways to study either Torah or ...
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How does one begin studying the Talmud?

I am a non-Jew and am I interested in studying the Talmud, but don't know how to begin. To start with, I have tried looking for an affordable Talmud or even part of it that I can buy just to start ...
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Can a mourner attend a Torah lesson on Shabbat?

A mourner within the first seven days is forbidden to learn Torah (see e.g., here on MY). But can such a mourner (passively) attend a Torah lesson (shiur) on Shabbat? I saw this happening when a ...
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Not to learn parts of Torah until they become applicable

I was told that one should not learn the laws of Nidda (I guess including orach Chaim 240 and even hoezer 25) until engaged, and not the laws of mourning until applicable (lo alainu) Is this true? Or ...
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Moses minting coins in the desert?

Numerous Talmudic discussions (Kiddushin 9-12, B"M 44 and more) refer to coins that were in use by Moses (in Moses times, i.e. in the desert, I presume), some that the Torah mentions, like Shekel, ...
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Is there a daily / weekly reading? [closed]

Is there something like a daily or weekly reading of the Torah and/or Talmud? Where could they be found? Is there maybe a commentary about them too?
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Is there a tried-and-true formula for becoming a talmid chochom?

I'm sure there are many different ways to become a talmid chochom, and I'm also sure that what it took to become one 1,000 years ago is different than what it would take today. Furthermore I am ...
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Learning Chabad Sichos

My 13-year-old son wants to start learning Chabad Sichos. I'm looking for advice. How do we decide which sichos to learn? Do Lubavitchers generally learn the sicha of the current parsha, but ...
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Any suggestions for documentaries/videos related to the stories of the sages?

I was curious if anyone would know of some good video resources related to learning about the various Jewish sages of our history. They can be biographical or they can be related to the philosophies ...
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Midrash digest in English on the Web?

Where on the Internet might it be possible to find a summary of the most important midrashim (aggadot) for each parshah in English? Something like The Midrash Says but online. Even less thorough, eg ...
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Talmud Torah or Chesed more important?

I've been to a lot of Chabad shiurim and have been getting this message that Chesed is the most important thing to do. We are here to do chesed to one another.. but in the morning prayers i feel we ...
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Tefillah immediately after learning

There is a clear halacha see mishna berura here that one should not daven immediately after learning Torah. The source is the gemara Brachos 31a. The reason is so that our minds should be clear to be ...
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How much time does it generally take to get Semicha?

What is the average amount of time that it takes to get Yoreh Yoreh Smicha? Yadin Yadin? And in Israel to pass each of the Rabannut tests? To get "Rav Shchuna"? "Rav Ir"? I understand that it ...
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Aristotle learning Torah

I have seen from a few places which claim that they have found a letter written from Aristotle to Alexander the great . In the letter Aristotle laments about the fact that he wasted so much time on ...
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Is studying in a university while at a yeshiva possible in israel?

I would like to learn in Israel in a university, but besides that i would like to study in a yeshiva. Is that possible? Thanks
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When learning an English Sefer does one have to mouth it or can he just think it?

One should make sure to learn Torah out loud. If one learns out loud, one will be blessed to remember one's learning. - Eirvuin 54a, Rambam (Talmud Torah 3:12), Shulchan Aruch YD 246:22, Kitzur ...
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Is one allowed to study for a parsha test on Shabbat?

This question addresses whether one may read secular material on Shabbat. All the answers indicate that it is permissible to learn Torah on Shabbat. A common "Rebbe technique" used for years in ...
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Shiurim collection online

What good online sources are there for shiurim? More like on random topics, not text based. (Imagine someone who does manual labor all day so their brain is open but doesn't have time to actually sit ...
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Is there a commentary concordance?

I gather that there are both printed as well as on-line concordances for Tanac"h where one could enter a word or phrase and a list of matches appears. Is there such a thing like a Rash"i or other ...
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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 ...