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Welcome and congratulations on your search and efforts! Beyond the suggestions above (first and foremost to approach the rabbi in a local synagogue or Chabad house), there are a number of websites which I have used at different points in time with a focus on beginners. They might be helpful to access Jewish content and start learning regularly. Aish Ohr ...


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I've been a Torah reader for about 45 years, and have read Megilla for about 20 years. This is tough to give you an exact assessment, here, because there are several factors here. So, take what I write as my own "best professional" opinion. I'm going to assume throughout that you can both read and pronounce Hebrew well. (I've been listening to numerous Bar ...


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First of all congratulations for wanting to grow in your Jewish learning. Learning Talmud means different things. One approach is to learn the structure of the Talmud, its way of approaching issues, the various elements of logic it uses, key elements of language (the Talmud is written in Aramaic). This is best accomplished by picking a few pages and learning ...


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Yes, such classes exist, and are recommended for potential bridegrooms. Speak to the rabbi of any orthodox synagogue, and he should be able to direct you someone who can tutor you in this field. So, I suspect, can the head or mashgiach of any bes midrash. Covered topics are hilchos nida and v'sasos, k'vod ishto, and others, though the exact list varies from ...


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The National Jewish Outreach Program offers free Hebrew classes in several cities designed to get people started. These are weekly classes for 5 or 6 weeks designed to teach you how to pronounce the words in front of you (so you can stop relying on transliteration) and some very basic vocabulary. I don't know where in Pennyslvania you live; they at least ...


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This answer is from my personal experience. I made a siyum hashas on mishna for my bar mitzvah before ever opening a gemara. We (my father and i) learned with Perush Kehati. When there was something ambiguous in the mishna that was explained by the gemara, Kehati would bring it. We didn't have to look it up in the gemara, which was good, because i had not ...


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http://www.yutorah.org/ has halacha shiurim on a huge range of topics, both in depth and very practical. Just click on the "halacha" tab. Highly recommended. Also http://www.kolhaloshon.com/, from the more yeshivish side of things, with lots of shiurim from R' Osher Arieli and other Ram"im in the MIr Yeshiva.


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My brother in law who became a Mohel apprenticed for a while with a Mohel who was doing it for many years. When the Mohel was confident in his abilities he gave him the go ahead to do it on his own. I have also heard that many times a new Mohel after apprenticing begins by doing a Bris on his own child. I am pretty certain that most Mohelim begin this way....


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Machon Lev in Jerusalem is one such option The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) – Lev Academic Center is the second largest academic institution in Jerusalem. It is fully accredited by Israel’s Council of Higher Education and specializes in high-tech engineering, computer science, industrial management and health sciences combined with a ...


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Probably the best option is to learn from a mohel or get good advice from a good mohel. The best and most friendliest Mohel I know is Rav Paysach Krohn, this web site has his number and email. I know that he's busy doing britot and lecturing, but, at worst, if he can't train you, I'm quite certain he will advise and, if appropriate, recommend you to the ...


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You can try http://www.dafyomi.co.il/, choose any masechtah, and then scroll down. They have links for Tosafot for most masechtot, but unfortunately not for Bava Basra. And for books, you can try this wonderfully clear sefer called שערי תוספות, if you don't mind Hebrew.


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When a beginner learns Gemara, one of the greatest setbacks is the lack of "prerequisite" knowledge. Many concepts are preestablished, including the 13 middos of learning Torah (gzeira shava, binyan av etc. etc.), and even more so there are different styles of sugiyos, how a question is established, how a terutz is attempted and so on. The seasoned learner ...


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In addition to the fine answer by mbloch, I'd like to touch on a few points not mentioned there. Be sure not to grow too fast. You're in a tough situation, living in a family which I assume is not interested in keeping Torah. You also have a non-Jewish father, which complicates things. Remember that there is no shame in growing slowly, tackling each ...


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I don't know if any of these three is exactly what you are looking for, but I'm sure that they would be extremely helpful for your purposes. A Sefer that often quotes various Teshuvos and their explanations of the Gemara is Daf Al Hadaf (edited by R. David Abraham Mendelbaum, R. Joshua Lefkowitz, and R. Abraham Noah haLevi Klein). A list of Shu"t ...


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Hebrewbooks.org is available to everyone who is on the web. When you open the 'shas' tab, There a Sefer on the mefarshim list called שדה צופים which quotes many Sheilos Uteshuvos the likes of the Radvaz, Chavos Yair, Rambam and many more. I was recently learning Nazir which has very little Mefarshim and I found a wealth of information from the above which I ...


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Adding to what mbloch said, Would you recommend the Daf Yomi. No. A beginner would not be able to keep up with the pace of learning one entire daf every day. Even those who are well-versed in the Talmud would agree that this kind of learning is somewhat "superficial". You will not be able to fully understand every concept brought forth from Chazal ...


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I recently found the Foreign Language Service's complete Hebrew 1965 course with audio online. It may be of use to you: [FSI Hebrew]


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To start: For some excellent tips on someone starting conversion, see this question and its answers: First steps for someone considering conversion As DoubleAA noted in his comment, studying conversion is something that is usually, but not always, done at a personal level. That being said, there are many classes one can go to about Judaism that are given ...


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You may want to consider using Hagada - Mi Yodeya? Our companion to the Passover Hagada, featuring questions practice, lore, and thought spanning the Seder, from preparations to closing. That should make things interesting. :)


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When I was younger I used to sit, as the top answer suggests, with a Jastrow, looking up every word I was uncertain of. I found this approach slow and frustrating, and after doing it for a couple of years, I still hadn't progressed to the point of being able to open up a random gemara and read it. What really enabled me to get really good really quickly was ...


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www.dailyhalacha.com by Rabbi Monsour is my favorite. It is relevant to everyday life. It is delivered by Rabbi Monsour who is truly qualified. It is available daily and also has archives of previous days.


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Well, seeing that no-one else has answered so far... I don't know about Hassidic Yiddish specifically but the standard textbook for learning Yiddish is Weinreich's "College Yiddish". I'm sure there are many helpful resources online; I would start with YIVO and WikiBooks. Once you've got some basics and you want to practice, you can check out Der Forvetz, ...


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Disclaimer: the answer is based on my personal experience. Learning Mishna before learning the Gemara is very helpful to get the basic knowledge. However, learning all the mishnayot is very time consuming. Also, in many cases, learning mishnayot may be less pleasurable then gemara (warning: this is a subjective statement). And getting pleasure from the ...


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See Igros Moshe (או"ח ד' סימן יט'): עיון בספר בזמן חזרת הש"ץ עש"ק ד' אייר תשל"ד. מע"כ ידידי הנכבד מאד מו"ה ר' זלמן אריה הילזענראד שליט"א. הנה בדבר עיון בספר בזמן חזרת הש"ץ, עיין במג"א סימן קכ"ד סק"ח שהביא מתשובת מ"ע דהאנשים שלומדים בעת חזרת הש"ץ התפלה אם מכוונים לסוף הברכה לענות אמן כראוי אין למחות בידם, משמע שסובר דכל השתיקה היא רק כדי שיוכל לומר ...


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Two online resources from Morasha: The Shabbat Experience - Insight into Friday night seudah & mitzvos Shabbat I: Plugging into the Goals of Life (basic concepts of Shabbos) And a book to start with - Lori Palatnik's Friday Night and Beyond. Here is the Amazon descriptive blurb: Friday Night and Beyond is a practical guide to Jewish Sabbath ...


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Here are some resources I would consider useful/practical for those new to Shabbos and seeking to cultivate an Orthodox observance, based on my own experiences as a baalas teshuvah. Shabbos primers: Broad overviews can be found which aspire to put everything you need to know about Shabbos in one book. Many of these, such as such as Noam Zion's "A Day ...


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Online learning is absolutely a valuable experience. The fact of the matter is, you can find the answer to pretty much any question that you have about Judaism online (and if you can't find it, it's always possible to ask here on Mi Yodeya). I would say there are two main drawbacks to learning exclusively online: You may not get the complete picture. Most ...


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In the most general sense, one is required to know the entire Torah, meaning both written and oral, revealed and hidden, each individual according to their unique capacity. It is an occupation which lasts over the entire course of ones physical life and beyond. A very good English explanation of what one should learn regularly can be found at the following ...


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I had the same question years ago. I have used http://virtualcantor.com/ I liked the versatility of the site. But also its clarify for newcomers. I did not know the structure of the tefilla and therefore the way portions were broken up in a list of clearly named sound files really helped. I even found it to be useful in teaching me the amidah for davening ...


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