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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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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 no such a thing as a bad yeshiva, it is always about finding ...
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Bat mitzvah - I'm female aged 50. Never been taught or had a bat mitzvah

Welcome and congratulations on your search and efforts! First and foremost you should approach the rabbi in a local synagogue or Chabad house. Beyond that, there is a wonderful organization called ...
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Bat mitzvah - I'm female aged 50. Never been taught or had a bat mitzvah

Absolutely. I have no idea where you live, but you might try the nearest branch of Chabad or Aish.
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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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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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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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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

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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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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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 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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Online Hebrew Lexicon for learning Tanakh

Alhatorah.org has one, fantastic site overall. https://mg.alhatorah.org/Concordance
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List of “essential prayers”?

This is a great question and I am surprised we don't have it already. Prayer is called the "service of the heart", meaning that kavana (intention) and understanding of the words are truly ...
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Resources for those beginning to keep Shabbos

For a guide to the Shabbat Table Experience, try my book, Treasure of Shabbat: An Illuminated Guide to the Shabbat Table Experience: Finding Meaning and Inspiration through Shabbat Observance at Home ...
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What are the essential books which every 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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What are your suggestions for learning Yiddish?

You might start with yiddishpop.com. If you want to learn the Lubavitcher Rebbe's sichos in Yiddish, a program that presupposes very little Yiddish knowledge is Back 2 Basics Sichos. Some of the ...
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Audio shiurim/podcasts for beginners or geirim?

Here are some sites with audio content which I have used at different points in time with a focus on beginners Aish Ohr Somayach Chabad torah.org - split by shiurim by "complexity level" ...
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What should a Jew learn regularly?

R Yehuda Greenwald wrote a small booklet called "Torah study" under the direction of R Shlomo Wolbe (I have it in French, it is part of this larger book). He suggests there a daily program ...
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Shiurim collection online

YU Torah Torah any Time Virtual Beit Midrash Torah Downloads Kol HaLashon. I am not so familiar with these different sites, but they all seem to qualify. YU Torah alone is a tremendous repository ...
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What are Chattan or Kallah classes?

In Israel these classes are mandatory to get married. They are delivered in multiple places by different groups, e.g., the official rabbanut organizes some, private orgs as well (e.g., Aish HaTorah) ...
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

A popular set of seffarim written explicitly for this purpose is שערים מצויינים בהלכה by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Brown. His son Rabbi Chaim Elazar finished off many of the Tractates that his father left ...
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Books for beginners

Here are a few books I really like in this context Torah: the brand new Koren Steinsaltz Humash has a simple commentary inserted in the English translation as well as additional explanations which ...
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Daf Shiur in Far Rockaway / 5T?

I highly reccomend Rav Aryeh Lebowitzs ,he is very clear and concise ,you can sample his shiurim online .
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