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May one memorize large swaths of Tanach?

The Gemara in Gittin 60b says דברים שבכתב אי אתה רשאי לאומרן על פה Matters that were written you may not express them orally. This is codified in Shulchan Aruch O.C. 49:1. However, this rule only ...
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What does it mean that God "remembers" something?

Rav Sa'adya Gaon writes in Emunot V'deot (Ma'amar 2 s.v. v'hinei ani) that in reference to God, remembrance refers to salvation: ובהצלת הברואים מענין שמצער אותם קוראים אותו זכירה, שאמרו (בראשית ח' ...
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Why does the gemarah use Amalek as a mnemonic siman?

Yaavetz address this. He suggests that the tipcha on the word לא in לא תשכח hints to an allowance to mention the name in order to remember Torah. In accordance to the Gemara 'to bring the disgusting ...
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Where in the Gemara does it say a woman never forgets her first

I think that this Gemara is what you are looking for, despite that it is not exactly the same words. The issue is the strenght of the alliance into which the wife enter with her husband. Sanhedrin ...
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Where in the Gemara does it say a woman never forgets her first

The Talmud, Pesachim 112a, says: דאמר מר גרוש שנשא גרושה ארבע דעות במטה When a divorcé marries a divorcée, there are four minds in the bed Rashbam explains that each participant is thinking ...
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Ashkenazi Mishna memorization tune?

You have the niggun of the Rav Zilberman. In Kol Halashon who was a fervent supporter of mishnayot memorization.
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Where in the Gemara does it say a woman never forgets her first

Maybe what you are looking for is about a man never forgetting his first wife in San. 22a: א"ר שמואל בר נחמן לכל יש תמורה חוץ מאשת נעורים שנא' (ישעיהו נד, ו) ואשת נעורים כי תמאס מתני לה רב יהודה ...
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Is eating olives daily OK?

In a personal letter Rav Chaim Kanievsky wrote to me that one should wait thirty days between one "eating" of olives and the next "eating" so that one shouldn't be "ragil ba'zeisim." He said however ...
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Method for practicing Torah reading

Say first passuk three times in the "Chumash side" Say it once in the "Torah side" 2a. If you have it, proceed to step 3 2b. If not, repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have it Learn the next passuk, using ...
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I forget his name. Now what?

If you don't know his mother's name, you can use his father's name (Aruch Hashulchan 119:1, Orchos Rabeinu Vol 1, p 64). If you don't know his mother or father's name, you can use the surname (family ...
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Why did R. Zera want to forget the Talmud Bavli?

ספר שי לתורה quotes an interesting פשט from R’ Simcha Ziskind Broide from Chevron: R' Zera recognised that he wouldn't be able to learn properly with the new approach and svaros of Eretz Yisrael if ...
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Memorising large swathes of Torah by heart

I would suggest two points: Necessity is the mother of invention. We have the the gemara and meforshim written down, printed, and readily available, and even readily searchable via online ...
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Memory techniques for torah?

R Jonathan Rietti has an excellent book on Torah learning called the One minute masmid. In appendix D (p. 241) he brings 43 strategies recommended by Chazal to improve memory - with their sources. ...
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Memory techniques for torah?

Rav Arieh Yehuda from Modena wrote a wonderful book called Lev Haarie about the issue and in his introduction he addressed the midrasdim examples, Tora niknet besimanim etc.. The Shaar in Hebrew ...
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wearing two hats at the same time-is that a probelem?

The Magen Avaham (OH 2:3) references Shaar HaKavanot of R. Hayyim Vital which states that one should not put on two items of clothes at the same time, as it can make one forget: ויזהר מללבוש ב' ...
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Teshuva where Rambam says he forgot a Gemara

The passage that you are likely thinking of (as Yishai suggested) is in the Rambam's letter to the sages of Lunel, and can be found in Iggerot haRambam II, p503 (link). There are other letters as well,...
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Method for practicing Torah reading

I originally used what i call the "brute force" method, because i don't "chunk" it at all. What i do is: Read the whole aliyah a few times on the chumash side of the tikkun. Start looking on the ...
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"El Male Rachamim" on Tisha b'Av

Shaare Efrayim 10:27 indicates it's not said on 9 Av.
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Not Forgotten Until Name is Forgotten

It's not an elegant thing to post an answer to my own question, but based on Double AA's comment I could eventually find something interesting – even though I'm quite convinced that the artist was not ...
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Method for practicing Torah reading

Besides dividing it in chunks, as mentioned in other answers, I also record myself after I'm mostly clear, to see if i made any silly OR tricky mistakes, including in the intonation or grammar.
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Value of Forgotten Torah

It's hard to imagine any mitzvah not being rewarded; after all, it's still a mitzvah! The source that you've quoted probably just means that his learning will not 'bear fruit' in that his learning won'...
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Difference of term to mean "remembrance"

In his commentary on Leviticus 2:2, R' Samson Raphael Hirsch notes, as you do, the strong association in the Torah between the term אזכרה and the Mincha offering of flour, oil, and spices. In fact, he ...
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How to translate העלם in the context of שבת

Try Fugue? Fugue: a state or period of loss of awareness of one's identity, often coupled with flight from one's usual environment, associated with certain forms of hysteria and epilepsy. ...
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Not Forgotten Until Name is Forgotten

Although I am not aware of this quote, "something similar" might be Deuteronomy (25:6) which states that in the event that a man dies childless, his brother is to marry his widow, "and the firstborn ...
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Being Mekayem a zecher

(Disclaimer that I have no sources for this, rather that I am disputing the basis of the question) Whenever we have a specific mitzva which is also included in the mitzva of talmud torah, such as ...
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What is the point in the mnemonic פמג"ש ממקגט"י ככסע"ז?

Similar passages can be found in all shas. You rapidly can see dozen, this is particularly length. The particularity is that this sugia treat a simple topic with a long list of similar Ta Shma (an ...
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How to translate העלם in the context of שבת

I suggest oblivion. Wiktionary's first definition is: The state of forgetfulness or distraction; fig. confused It seems to me that the distracted kind of forgetfulness is the phenomenon discussed ...
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How to translate העלם in the context of שבת

The Hebrew word itself only means "disappearance" (as in, from his conscious mind/memory) which means it needs to be interpreted contextually even in the original. If you are looking for a translation ...
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