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Are women allowed to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh in Orthodox Judaism?

Women are indeed able to teach and write commentaries on Tanakh. There are many such examples. One of the most famous is Nechama Leibowitz who taught Torah for more than 55 years and was awarded the ...
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What texts are studied in a traditional yeshiva?

In Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin by Dovid Avraham Mandelbaum p. 322 we are given the daily schedule of the yeshiva, from which we can see what texts were studied: My English rendering: 6:00 AM – Wakeup 7:...
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Where can I find Rav Kook's writing of this?

I have asked this question to R Moishe Bane, the president of the OU, and he responded Thanks for the interest. I came across Rav Kook’s thought in an essay of his that I read in a rabbi’s home ...
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Rav S.R. Hirsch and fairy tales

You may want to check this reference to vol 3, p.263 on regard chanuka: Teach the jewish chanuka, don't feed the child with fairy tales. It does not beguile childhood and youth with the notions ...
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What texts are studied in a traditional yeshiva?

Generally, the Classic Lithuanian Yeshiva is focused on those tractates that provide ample area for "Lomdus"/"Iyun" - "Analyses: (Shabbos), Sukka, Psachim, Yevamos, Kesubos, Nedarim, Gittin, Kiddushin,...
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How were girls educated during the Talmudic era?

Women's Torah education in Judaism has been the subject of debate from Mishnaic times right down to the present day. As the Mishnaic and Talmudic literature are primarily legal texts, they are more ...
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High School Math in the Talmud

The gemara (Y'vamos 82b) discusses iteratively replacing mikva water with fruit juice.1 The case involves adding one se'ah of fruit juice to a 40 se'ah mikva, and then removing one se'ah of the ...
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Does the Rambam Contradict Yirmiyahu 18 on Prophecy?

The Rambam knew the pasuk in Yirmeyahu. Just because one has a question based on a plain-text interpretation of a verse, that doesn't mean that people should stop teaching the Rambam. There are many ...
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Recommended program/method for creating sourcesheets?

Sefaria has a great source sheet creation community. Although the end of your question was a drop vague, if not subjective, I’d suggest that your source sheet will only be as good as the work you ...
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Should you fire a Torah teacher if a better one is available?

The Talmud (Bava Batra 21a) presents the following dispute: ואמר רבא האי מקרי ינוקי דגריס ואיכא אחרינא דגריס טפי מיניה לא מסלקינן ליה דלמא אתי לאיתרשולי רב דימי מנהרדעא אמר כ"ש דגריס טפי קנאת ...
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Why teaching kids Torah is the only forbidden profession for singles Yihud-wise?

The reason for the Mishna in Kiddushin prohibiting singles to teach children is not because of the technical prohibition of Yichud, but due to a general concern of the single building relationships ...
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What should someone tell a 10 year-old who wants to be “ Frum” and daven with a minyan while we have coronavirus?

Welcome and thanks for the question. I would suggest you quote the Psak Halachah from HoRav Hershel Schachter shlit”a. The mitzvah to safeguard and preserve life overrides all mitzvos haTorah. ...
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Rav S.R. Hirsch and fairy tales

I checked the index in volume 9 and found a few places where Rabbi Hirsch denigrated fairytales. All are found in volume 7. Pages 113-114, 329, 376, 383-384. None of the objections, as far as I ...
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High School Math in the Talmud

A couple examples from Eruvin come to mind: Eruvin 14a brings proof that for halachic matters, pi = 3, and then continues to explain the dimensions of Solomon's pool. This contains some prealgebra ...
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Does The Entire Orthodox World Hold Rashi In The Same Regard?

It is true in the Sephardi world too. So for example, the Ramban writes in the introduction to his commentary on Chumash I will place as an illumination before me The lights of the pure candelabrum, ...
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Would you buy "Bible for Children" for a 2.8 year old toddler?

You should definitively not. Talmud Gitin 45b : נקטינן ספר תורה שכתבו מין ישרף a Sefer Torah that was written by an minn must be burnt. This halacha was brought in Shulchan Aruch YD 281. R ...
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Would it be right to teach Torah to a tinok shenishba if teaching him will cause him to cease being a tinok shenishba?

Rambam Hilchos Mamrim 3:3 "To whom does the above apply? To a person who denied the Oral Law consciously, according to his perception of things. He follows after his frivolous thoughts and his ...
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Why can one get paid for teaching written law but not oral law?

The Talmud asks and answers this question: Nedarim 37a: מאי שנא מדרש דלא דכתיב ואותי צוה ה' בעת ההיא ללמד אתכם וכתיב ראה למדתי אתכם חוקים ומשפטים כאשר צוני ה' מה אני בחנם אף אתם נמי בחנם מקרא נמי ...
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Is one permitted to study other religions?

The Rambam in Hilchos Avodas Kochavim (פרק ב׳- הלכות א,ג) says: ספרים רבים חברו עובדי כוכבים בעבודתה היאך עיקר עבודתה ומה מעשיה ומשפטיה. צונו הקב''ה שלא לקרות באותן הספרים כלל ולא נהרהר בה ולא ...
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Can we teach reading Hebrew without using the full names of the letters and vowels?

I read the following in the introduction to the Eizer L'Seifer Movo Likrio, which is the aid to the original book Sefer Movo Likrio, which is used in Lubavitch cheiderim to teach small children the ...
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What is the number one or the most recommended Talmud/Gemara passage for a child to begin studying?

Personally, I would close this for being opinion based, but, since I can't... You can find different people's opinions all over the Internet (various forums that come up when you Google this question ...
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The father has the obligation of chinuch until what age

I'm not sure if this is what the Rebbe intended, but the Mishnah Berurah 225 s.k. 7 you brought writes regarding the bracha the father says when his son turns 13: ‏ (ז) שפטרני מענשו וכו' - פי' ...
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How to approach teaching Jewish ethics morality for a 12 year old?

Syllabus Morasha has a very nice collection of educational resources which works well with older children (I tried it with mine). Amongst their many topics, they have a number related to ethics and ...
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Should you tell Jews they are breaking a commandment?

The gemara on Shabbat 148b: ואמר ליה רבא בר רב חנן לאביי תנן לא מספקין ולא מטפחין ולא מרקדין ביו"ט וקא חזינן דעבדין ולא אמרינן להו ולא מידי ולטעמיך הא דאמר רבא לא ליתיב איניש אפומא דלחייא דילמא ...
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Sources for educational Methods used to train kids for Mitzvos

Taanit 24a .רב איקלע לההוא אתרא. גזר תעניתא ולא אתא מיטרא נחית קמיה שליחא דצבורא. אמר משיב הרוח ונשב זיקא אמר מוריד הגשם ואתא מיטרא. אמר ליה מאי עובדך? אמר ליה מיקרי דרדקי אנא ומקרינא לבני עניי ...
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How should a Rabbi resemble an angel?

The prophet Zachariya (3,7), according to the Targums explanation, refers to angels as "those that stand by". 'Thus saith the LORD of hosts: If thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep ...
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Moshe's mussar of bnei reuven and bnei gad - medrash source

It's in Bereishis Rabbah 98:15: גָּד גְּדוּד יְגוּדֶנּוּ (בראשית מט, יט), בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁהָיוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל מְכַבְּשִׁין וּמְחַלְּקִין אֶת הָאָרֶץ הָיָה שֵׁבֶט רְאוּבֵן וְגָד עִמָּהֶן וְהִנִּיחוּ אֶת ...
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Did the Jews share some of the oral Torah's teachings and stories with the gentiles before the the 7th century?

You could answer this point a few ways. It's possible some Jews did share knowledge with non-Jews and this reached Christians. We have evidence that there were individuals who prayed with Jews as &...
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Gemara B'iyun - Teaching and Learning

Here is a folder that has shiurim from the Mir from a talmid of Rav Asher Arieli. These shiurim include the sources (mareh m'komos). The shiurim are all typed out, very clear, broken into digestible ...
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What is the Torah position on home schooling vs. institutionalised education?

I imagine a lot of it will come down to the judgement of the parent and the nature of the child. No one methodology is more superior, it is about חֲנֹ֣ךְ לַ֭נַּעַר עַל־פִּ֣י דַרְכּ֑וֹ - Educating the ...
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