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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 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 ...
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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 ...