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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

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

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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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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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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Someone left a sefer open. Who is affected by increased forgetfulness?

The source for the comment on the wiki is the Shach in SA YD 277, who confirms that there is an angel called "Shad" (Shamor Dapin) who causes: על מי שמניח ספר פתוח ויוצא שמשכח תלמודו on the ...
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Possible causes of divine judgement of losing one's memory, measure for measure?

I can think of two blemishes that can cause this: (1) Anger. Pesachim 66b instructs that a sage who becomes angry loses his wisdom. (2) Not fearing Hashem or not doing enough good deeds. ‘Rabbi Hanina ...
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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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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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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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Is eating olives daily OK?

This point was recently discussed in Rav Chaim Bleier shlita's Chukei Chaim series, no. 299 Firstly, by way of introduction, some further information on the potential problem: The Gemara (הוריות י''ג ...
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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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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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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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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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Possible causes of divine judgement of losing one's memory, measure for measure?

Shabbat 147b features one version of a certain story about Rabbi Elazar ben Arakh. In this version, he forgets all of the Torah he learned because he was drawn to places with quality wine (Perugaita) ...
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Possible causes of divine judgement of losing one's memory, measure for measure?

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov brings down in his Sefer Hamiddos: עַל־יְדֵי נִאוּף מְאַבֵּד אֶת הַזִּכָּרוֹן - Immoral behavior causes one to lose his memory. UPDATE In addition to just general memory ...
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Possible causes of divine judgement of losing one's memory, measure for measure?

I don't like assuming everything is a straight punishment, but there's a slightly different lesson the Ramban notes in the ethical letter to his son: don't get conceited about how smart you are, as ...
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Are there any sources for types of learning to memorize?

First of all, it is important to remember that you'll need to not take a huge load upon yourself with regard to memorizing texts, as Rashi writes: and studying much is a weariness of the flesh And if ...
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What does "May his name and his memory be annihilated" really imply?

As the Rambam says in the 8th chapter of הלכות תשובה that after the Evil Ones get punished for all their sins, their souls are destroyed and do not live on for Olam Haba - this cutting off from ...
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What is the reason for non-linear structure in many mishnayot?

Usually these questions are discussed by the commentators. The only case I remember seeing the reason for a Mishnah being written a certain way being given as for memorization is the first Mishnah in ...
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What happens in Gehinnom?

Like the Gemara says, even after the world is finished, Gehenom will not end for (certain) reshaim. Also the last verse of Yeshayahu (66:24) talks about eternal fire for reshaim: "And they shall ...
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What happens in Gehinnom?

While it's too long to write out here, Maseches Gehinnom and what happens there is famously quoted in the 12th perek of sefer Reishis Chochmah. There was an English translation but it seems to be out ...
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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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Reviewing studies 40 times or 101 times?

This might answer what the Gemara means in Chagigah 9b. The Gemara there says exactly what the Mishnah Berurah you cited says: one who reviews his studies one hundred times is not comparable to one ...
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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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