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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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 ...
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Do I have to learn “kol ha'torah kula”? [duplicate]

Is every Jew who is capable of doing so, required to learn "kol ha'torah kula"? If yes, what would that include?
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Reading Mi Yodeya in the bathroom

Is it ok to open Mi Yodeya in the bathroom and skim through the questions trying to find ones that aren't really included in limud ha'torah in order to read them? Or is the opening of the app and the ...
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Memorising large swathes of Torah by heart

Before gemara was written down, (and a long time afterwards too, according to this lecture J. Woolf on rishonim and achronim), people knew all of shas off by heart. According to the aforementioned ...
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The light hidden in Torah?

In Bereshit 1:3-4 there is light(ness), and HaShem saw that it was good and seperated it from the dark(ness). I read (Baal Shem Tov, Zohar), that HaShem hid this light in the Torah? Could someone ...
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Origin of Histakel Be'Oraisa Uvara Alma

The term "Histakel Be'Oraisa Uvara Alma" is often invoked when discussing chassidus or metaphysics. Literally translated, it means "[Hashem] gazed in[to] the Torah and created the world." While the ...
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Reading Shna'yim mikrah vi'echad targum aloud

Does one have to actually articulate the words (dibur) of the chumash and targum (or Rashi) in order to be yoitzei the chiyuv of "shna'yim mikrah vi'echad targum" or is it enough to scan the words ...
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Bathroom halachos in the bathroom

One may not learn Torah in the bathroom. May one learn Torah that pertains to halachos of the bathroom that came up in the bathroom, or must one leave the bathroom, check the halachah, and return to ...
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Would anyone be able to suggest a Torah in audio book format?

This may or may not be an unsual request. I was interested in finding an audiobook format of the Torah. Basically just the Torah (from beginning to end) being read by a narrator. Would anyone be able ...
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What do jews think about some 4 reasons why some do not believe oral torah?

I read this http://messiahsmandate.org/four-proofs-there-was-no-oral-torah/ He gave 4 reasons why Oral Torah doesn't make sense. Most notably It's too easy to corrupt Moses himself wrote that he ...
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Memory techniques for torah?

What are some good mnemonics for remembering Talmud and Mishna? The Talmud refers to it as making simanim for what you learn.
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How much time should be spent on deriving own's one novel ideas in torah?

Given that there are many commentaries on the torah, should one spend all his time allocated for this study on understanding them or should he spend some of it deriving his own chidushim (novel ...
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Learning at chuppa [closed]

Attending chuppahs in general seems to be a waste of time... Admittedly this may be a somewhat hashkafic question as opposed to halachic, but is it right, fitting or polite to learn from a pocket ...
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Process of Gaining Hebrew Fluency

I'm curious to hear from those who grew up in a community where Hebrew literacy was valued what progression of study enabled you to read Torah in Hebrew (with understanding)? I have found through my ...
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Is it okay for a gentile to study Torah if the goal is to get closer to HaShem?

If a gentile is studying Torah but not to imitate the Jews and "hijack" the Torah and respect the boundaries between The Jews and Gentiles, yet he/she wants to study Torah (both written and oral) ...
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Is there a Jewish reason not to take notes when studying?

Please note that I have been estranged from Judaism for many years, and have only recently revisited its teachings: When I studied science and non-Jewish philosophies, I would take notes. I mean ...
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Is everything in the universe a metahaphors for a spiritual world?

Why did Hashem create things to work like they do? Is Hashem describing a spiritual world, or the spiritual world, with his creation on earth? He could have created it in so many ways; why this way? ...
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What does the torah say about racism? [duplicate]

What does the Torah say about racism? People today do not agree anymore what racism is.But I think we can use the word Racism .I can't remember anywhere in the Torah where they talk about skincolor. ...
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Supporting a son-in-law in kollel

If a father-in-law is helping support his son-in-law who is learning in Kollel, does the father-in-law get reward for the son-in-law's limud ha'torah? Does it depend on how much he is giving and/or ...
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Secular books for Torah study

If one is reading a secular book about electricity in order to understand how it works so that I can learn the halachos of using electricity on Shabbos, would the studying of the secular book be ...
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How to find a chavrusa for a difficult topic

How would one go about finding a rabbi/rav with whom to have a chavrusa if one is picky and has specific needs -- i.e., for someone with particular qualities, or who is highly learned in a niche area? ...
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Noahide studying creation

Can Noahide study matters related to creation like first day of creation, commentaries of Ramban, Rashi and others? If so what are limits to such study and how much can one speculate about it?
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May one learn Torah on Tisha B'Av if he enjoys learning anything?

One is not allowed to learn Torah on Tisha B'Av, as it gladdens a person (SA 554:1-2). However, certain texts, relating to mourning and the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, are permissible (Mishnah ...
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What is One Allowed to Learn on Tisha B'Av? [duplicate]

One is not allowed to learn Torah on Tisha B'Av, as it gladdens a person (SA 554:1-2). However, certain texts, relating to mourning and the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, are permissible (Mishnah ...
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How to achieve a feeling of accomplishment while learning torah?

When you work, you can feel accomplished by knowing there's a paycheck at the end of the day that you can use to support your family. When doing exercise you can feel accomplished by ensuring your ...
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Source for not putting everyone in a kollel

I heard from a friend a while ago that there are scholars who believe that putting people into kollel, or everyone studying torah all day on general, is something new in Judaism, that it stemmed from ...
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Learning w/o saying Birchas HaTorah

If someone,for whatever reason, cannot say Birchas HaTorah, would that person nevertheless be able to learn Torah that day?
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Kaddish DeRabonon after Pirkei Oveis in minyan

In our shul after Mincha on Shabbos we usually read Pirkei Oveis while there is minyan. But we do not read Kaddish DeRabonon after it, even if someone recited last line("Rabbi Chananya Ben Akashya...")...
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Changing the תפילת בית המדרש

The גמרא in מסכת ברכות on דף כח עמוד ב gives a תפילה for people to say when entering a בית המדרש. This is quoted להלכה in רמב''ם ברכות י,כג and שולחן ערוך אורח חיים קי,ח. However, the ט''ז on ...
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What was the Lubavitcher Rebbe's position on women's gemara study?

It is my understanding that women's gemara study is rabbinically prohibited. However, I keep hearing that the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l had an interesting, perhaps liberal position regarding women's ...
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Rule of first occurrence?

Searching online I came across a nice article which wrote: link It is a teaching of Chassidic thought (the only source I have for this is Shlomo Carlebach!) that the first occurrence of a certain ...
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Noachides: are Jews responsible for their spiritual support? [duplicate]

Are Jews responsible for helping non-Jews learn of and follow the seven commandments given to Noachides? Is it a mitzvah for Jews? I recall hearing the Lubavitcher Rebbe speak in favor of this. But ...
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The ultimate goal [duplicate]

I've been stuck wondering this question for a while now and I'm looking for someone to shed a really insightful answer. What is the ultimate goal a Jew should strive for concerning day to day life. ...
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What should I know about tractate Bava Kamma as this part of daf yomi approaches? [closed]

What should I know about tractate Bava Kamma as this part of daf yomi approaches? Any tips to keep in mind while studying it? It's the start of a new Seder of Talmud so it may have a different manner ...
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Why does Torah study rein in the Evil Inclination?

The Talmud in Kidushin 30b states that Torah study is essential activity for gaining control of the evil inclination. "... so too the Holy One blessed be He said: 'I have created the evil ...
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Does Rav discourage study of Scripture?

I read the following on Yerushalmi Online: Rav said: As soon as man goes forth from Halachic to Scripture study he no longer has peace. And Shmuel said: It means one who leaves Talmud for ...
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What are the best resources online for learning the Zohar?

I ask about online since I travel often so something I can read on my computer would greatly accelerate my learning. I won't complain about recommendations for physical books though! I also want to be ...
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What are good grammars to help me understand the language of Rabbinic Literature?

I have recently finished my grammar book on Biblical Hebrew, and I would like to get a grammar that would help me start to read rabbinic literature, specifically, the Talmud, and the commentaries of ...
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Recommendation for learning Nach with Family [closed]

I want to learn Nach on a "Pashat Pashut" format. I don't want to read the Hebrew-English Nach, neither the "fancy" Meforshim that delve through all of the Devrei Torah on each Passuk. Any suggestions ...
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What is Mishnah berurah comprised of?

What is Mishnah berurah comprised of in regards to table of contents? I understand it is typically a six volume book, but how many chapters and pages? Also, what are Simanim, seifim, and Helek? I am ...
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Long-Term Path of Torah learning

I'm starting to become a little more serious about my Torah learning and wondering what age-old path of Torah study Jews have followed. How do I balance learning Tanach, Gemara, developing a deep ...
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studying torah through web prohibited [closed]

Some say that studying/reviewing torah online can be harmful as there are many unreliable sites, but i see that torah.org, chabad, etc are reliable ones. Can anyone recommend how to best learn Torah ...
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Best way to learn Hilchos Pesach

To those with experience, what is the best(very good) way to learn Hilchos Pesach . What is a good way to go about it , that will give you a thorough understanding and even Halacha La'Maaseh
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Do you have to know kol ha Torah kula?

Is there a requirement for a Jewish man to know the whole Torah (including every gemara, tosafot, Midrasch…) or is it OK to know the Halacha that is relevant to you and then to use the rest of ...
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How to choose a yeshiva for an adult?

Usually a parent would have the job of deciding during their youth where to go and as a result will have a better idea of where he wants to go for adult learning. What do the sources have to say about ...
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How to properly chazar gemarah?

Do any of the rishonim/acharonim/etc speak about how one should go about properly chazzaring the gemarah that he learns on a daily basis?
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Is there an organisation behind the Mishna Yomis cycle?

There is a fairy popular seder to finish shisa sedrei mishna every 5.8 years, by doing two mishnayos every day. I know that there is one pretty much standardized cycle as every calendar that I've seen ...
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Why does the Brisker Derech focus on the Rambam?

In Reb Chaim Soloveitchik's Wikipedia page, it says about his derech that That focuses on precise definition/s and categorization/s of Jewish law as commanded in the Torah with particular emphasis ...
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Talmud study and time? [closed]

For how long must one study the Talmud in order to have a great understanding of it. Of course, some would use more time than others but there must be a general answer?
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Benefit of learning the rishonim for non posek-wannabes?

For a person whose goal is NOT to become a posek what would be the benefit or purpose in learning the rishonim when one learns a gemarah? By rishonim I am referring to the Rash, Ran in the back of ...