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Going from an nonreligious reform Jew to a religious one?

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 ...
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How long does it take to learn to layn Megillas Ester?

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 ...
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I am 15 years old and do not go to a Yeshiva but would like to learn Talmud. A few rabbis near me said they could teach me. How should I start

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, ...
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Is it important to learn Mishnah before Talmud?

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 ...
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Help identifying yeshivot for baalei teshuva (men)

So there are a number of options in Israel - I will try and provide a bit of background for each one. Just an aside, please note there is not such a thing as a bad yeshiva, it is always about finding ...
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How does one become a Mohel?

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. ...
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How does one become a Mohel?

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 ...
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Advanced Tanya Shiurim

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 ...
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Is studying in a university while at a yeshiva possible in israel?

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 ...
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Predisposition of a person based on day of birth

See Shabbat 156a: כְּתִיב אַפִּינְקָסֵיהּ דְּרַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֶּן לֵוִי: הַאי מַאן דִּבְחַד בְּשַׁבָּא, יְהֵי גְּבַר וְלָא חֲדָא בֵּיהּ... מַאי טַעְמָא? דְּאִיבְּרוֹ בֵּיהּ אוֹר וָחוֹשֶׁךְ. הַאי ...
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Seder advice when with people who aren't interested?

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 ...
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Any recommendations to help learn a Tosfot in Bava Batra?

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 ...
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Going from an nonreligious reform Jew to a religious one?

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 ...
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

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 ...
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

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 ...
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History of chattan & kallah classes

Based on the book "Halachos of Niddah" by Rabbi Shimon D. Eider (first published in 1981), the origin of the modern Chassan and Kallah classes began shortly after the Holocaust. Historically, mothers ...
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I am 15 years old and do not go to a Yeshiva but would like to learn Talmud. A few rabbis near me said they could teach me. How should I start

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 ...
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Learning Medieval Arabic

In addition to all the very good advice in the other answers, there is a book by Joshua Blau in Hebrew called דקדוק הערבית-היהודית של ימי-הביניים, which was published by the Magnes Press of the Hebrew ...
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Is it important to learn Mishnah before Talmud?

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 ...
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Correcting a Rebbe who is learning during חזרת הש"ץ

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 ...
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Resources for those beginning to keep Shabbos

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 ...
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Resources for those beginning to keep Shabbos

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: ...
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What are the pros and cons of learning online?

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 ...
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What should a Jew learn regularly?

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 ...
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What's the best way to learn how to lead mincha?

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 ...
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Is studying in a university while at a yeshiva possible in israel?

Bar Ilan offers the option of combining beit midrash for part of the day and university courses the rest of the day: http://mgl.org.il/
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I am 15 years old and do not go to a Yeshiva but would like to learn Talmud. A few rabbis near me said they could teach me. How should I start

I am a baal teshuva so I have had this issue before. I would 100% recommend against starting with daf yomi: it’s way too hard, and it takes years of preparation to get to that level. I would ...
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What are the essential books which every religious Jew should own?

I have yet to find a better list than that of the "Crazy Jewish Convert": Essential Jewish Library Siddur, published by ArtScroll Siddur, published by Koren Chumash, published by ArtScroll Tanach (...
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Seder advice when with people who aren't interested?

A few things that can help to engage people in the Seder: Acquire a stack of interesting Haggadot with commentaries in addition to a complete set of identical ones. Give everyone their own unique ...
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