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Is it forbidden for a woman to learn Gemara?

It doesn't seem that anyone attempted to address this in a comprehensive manner, so I will try. There might be slight overlap with some of the other answers here, and with my answer to this question. ...
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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 the irrational number Pi can be derived from the Torah?

Pi can be derived from the Torah by rolling up a Torah scroll and measuring the end's diameter and circumference. The ratio between them will be pi.
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What was the general skin color of ancient Israelis?

An important source (post-bibical) is the Mishna in Negaim (2:1) which deals with the signs of leprosy and how they may appear different based on a person's skin color: The bright spot in a German ...
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How to explain the Talmud to someone who hasn't ever opened one?

(1) Compare it to an intellectual pursuit they already know. And (2), show don't tell. I've never had the benefit of full-time learning in yeshiva, but I've participated in some shorter programs that ...
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Me'am Lo'ez on not beginning a new mesechta on Rosh Chodesh

Is the custom practiced today? The רמ"א יו"ד סי' קע"ט סעיף ב [as understood by the פתחי תשובה יו"ד רמ"ה ס"ק ה] writes that our minhag is to start a new מסכת even on Rosh Chodesh. Also, what does ...
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What are the parameters of the prohibition against a non-Jew learning Torah?

R. Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg has a responsum that deals with this question. It is a lengthy responsum (and you should read it in it's entirety if you can) but one key point is what he derives from ...
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How do we understand the idea of something missing from the mishnah חסורי מיחסרא והכי קתני?

The Meiri writes in his introduction to Avot that this is an example of the Ammoraim disagreeing with the Tannaim which they would occasionally do if the Sages of the generation agreed. So that would ...
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Why is Talmud Bavli studied more than Yerushalmi?

In their introduction to Yerushalmi Brachot, artscroll adress this question and write that Bavli is better edited, more complete, better commented, easier to understand and less prone to alternative ...
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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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Purpose of Learning Gemara

tl;dr R' Aharon Lichtenstein has an essay outlining four elements that make gemara learning unique and important: Explanation of the principles and parameters of the laws Exposure to the ...
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Yeshivas of Modern Times

My Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky, who is particularly well read in history, in a shiur titled Why So Much Iyun 5774 spoke out that (my memory of the shiur is not that sharp, so I may be ...
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Learning Chabad Sichos

There are two types of Sichos: Sichos Kodesh / Toras Menachem-Hisvaaduyos. From the early forties until the stroke in 1992, the Lubavitcher Rebbe would hold a Farbrengen (at least) every Shabbos ...
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Rav Chaim Kanievsky's learning schedule

In Rebbetzin Kanievski's biography it is written that R Chaim Kanievski completed every year Mishna, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi, Nach, Rambam, Tur, Shulchan Aruch with commentaries, Mishnah ...
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Who has the right to come up with chiddushei Torah?

See the Pele Yoetz's discussion of this in his entry for "Chiddush". The basic idea (according to him) is that everyone can and should be mechadesh to the best of their abilities. וכל אדם אינו ...
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What should I use for Mishna study?

I have learned the entire Mishna based on the Artscroll Yad Avraham series in English. I also own many of the newer Artscroll Schottenstein Edition of the Mishna. Here are a few thoughts I found the ...
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If God removed prophecy from the gentiles because of Bilaam's wickedness, how come that Obadiah who was a gentile was a prophet?

Ovadiah the prophet, at the time of his prophecy, was Jewish, not a gentile. He had converted. See Sanhedrin 39b: מר אפרים מקשאה תלמידו של רבי מאיר משום רבי מאיר עובדיה גר אדומי היה והיינו דאמרי ...
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Learning Alei Shur Part I or II first?

Ultimately it boils down to what subject matter you find most interesting. The first cheilek is largely instructive in how best to achieve self growth whilst the second cheiliek goes into more detail ...
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What does one have to know to be called a Talmid Chochum?

The Talmud provides several such definitions for various contexts. In the context of conditional marriages we have: Kiddushin 49b ע"מ שאני תלמיד אין אומרים כשמעון בן עזאי וכשמעון בן זומא אלא כל ...
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Why wasn't Adam Harishon given the Torah?

Adam was worthy of having the Torah given through him. Said the Holy One, Blessed is He “ I will give it to him for he is the work of my hands” After he sinned the Holy One, Blessed is He said to him “...
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Torah argument increases peace

It is found in his drashos, chelek 1, pg 183 second column, s.v. Vichein. See it here. EDIT Here is another place in his drashos where he writes similarly, perhaps even closer to what the OP is ...
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Short prayer after a vort or dvar torah

You are thinking of the famous saying of chazal (our Rabbis of blessed memory) found in Makkos 23b and famous for being mentioned at the end of Pirkei Avos: רִבִּי חֲנַנְיָא בֶּן עֲקַשְׁיָה אוֹמֵר ...
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Properties of honey and the Chafetz Chaim

It is in the Hakdama Rishona to his Likutei Halachos on Zevachim right in the beginning of the first paragraph מה שכתוב ״ומתוקים מדבש״, כי ידוע שיש בטבע כח המתיקות גדול... עד שאם יפול בה איזה דבר לחם ...
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More sleep vs more learning

Taz, Even HaEzer, 25:1 דהיינו שיש ת"ח מנדרין שינה מעיניהם ועוסקים בתורה הרבה ויש ת"ח שישינים הרבה כדי שיהיה להם כח החזק וזריזות לב לעסוק בתורה ובאמת יכול ללמוד בשעה א' מה שזה מצטער ועוסק ...
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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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Not to learn parts of Torah until they become applicable

The idea behind not learning the laws of mourning, is a superstition that this could cause someone to die, and the laws to become applied (see Hattam Sofer YD 346, and a discussion of the idea here). ...
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Reading Shna'yim mikrah vi'echad targum aloud

R. Moshe Sternbauch addresses this in his Teshuvot V'hanahagot (Vol. IV #73): והנה לכאורה פשוט דתרגום אונקלוס צריך לקרוא בפיו דוקא ולא מספיק בהרהור, ולפ"ז אולי גם כשלומד רש"י לתרגום הדין כן, שיש ...
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May a man eat meat if attending the siyum of a woman?

Rabbi Shlomo Wahrman z"l in 1981 in his sefer She'erit Yosef vol. 2:4 answers in the affirmative, that a man may eat meat and drink wine at such a siyum.
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No sevara before completing shas?

R. Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik discusses this in his essay on derech halimud. In there he describes his tradition of the correct way to learn, going back to his father (R. Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik) ...
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Suggestions for Shavuot all-night learning session

The Pri Eitz Chaim writes: והנה מה שראוי לקרות בליל שבועות, כדי להמשיך הכתר הנ"ל, הוא זה, שתקרא ג' פסוקים ראשונים, וג' אחרונים, מכל סדר וסדר, ואם נזדמן לו פרשה פתוחה מד' או ה' פסוקים, בין בתחלת ...
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