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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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How to learn Tosefta

As a preface, I have never made a full study of Tosafta on its own. The way I have learned it was to simply look up every single ברייתא that the Gemara quotes. This methodology leads one to have an ...
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Every Forbidden thing has a corresponding opposite

The Talmud says: Yalta said to her husband Rav Naḥman: Now as a rule, for any item that the Merciful One prohibited to us, He permitted to us a similar item. [Chullin 109b] Numerous examples follow.
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What’s the source of not asking a question to a person that might not know the answer, so that they won't get embarrassed

אֲמַר לֵיהּ רַבִּי חִיָּיא לְרַב: בַּר פַּחֲתֵי! לָא אָמֵינָא לָךְ, כִּי קָאֵי רַבִּי בְּהָא מַסֶּכְתָּא לָא תְּשַׁיְּילֵיהּ בְּמַסֶּכְתָּא אַחֲרִיתִי, דִּילְמָא לָאו אַדַּעְתֵּיהּ. דְּאִי לָאו ...
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What’s the source of not asking a question to a person that might not know the answer, so that they won't get embarrassed

See the Shulchan Arach Choshen Mishpat 228 which discusses onas devorim 228:4 says אם נשאלה שאלה על דבר חכמה לא יאמר למי שאינו יודע אותה חכמה מה תשיב בדבר זה וכן כל כיוצא בדברים אלו If a question was ...
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Advice is best taken in open fields

This idea is found in Gemara Brachos, and is learned from Yaakov: "“And Yaakov sent and he called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock." The reason for this, as explained by Rashi, is ...
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What are God's requirements please that allow us to eat an animal

0) Who are the laws for? Judaism understands that the below laws apply only to members of the Jewish nation. Non-Jews are not bound by any of the laws, except that they must at ensure the animal is ...
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Halachicly sound ways to bookmark on Shabbat

As I wrote here, folding the corner of a page is permitted and a good way if you don't mind "damaging the page" a bit. Still your question goes beyond, and you note the issue of marking a ...
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Where does it say it’s not about the job but rather it’s the merits?

Kiddushin 82a: רבי מאיר אומר: לעולם ילמד אדם את בנו אומנות נקיה וקלה, ויתפלל למי שהעושר והנכסים שלו. שאין אומנות שאין בה עניות ועשירות, שלא עניות מן האומנות, ולא עשירות מן האומנות, אלא הכל לפי זכותו. ...
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How frum were the people in the Torah?

The Gemara Yoma 28B says that Avraham kept the entire Torah even rabbinical laws: אָמַר (רַב), וְאִיתֵּימָא רַב אָשֵׁי: קִיֵּים אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ אֲפִילּוּ עֵירוּבֵי תַבְשִׁילִין, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״...
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How to learn Tosefta

I find learning the Tosefta in conjunction with the Mishnah to be an extremely rewarding experience. The Tosefta often preserves the "raw materials" from which the Mishnah was edited (and ...
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Being MeChadesh Torah saves lives

The verse in Shoftim 5:8 states: יִבְחַר֙ אֱלֹהִ֣ים חֲדָשִׁ֔ים אָ֖ז לָחֶ֣ם שְׁעָרִ֑ים מָגֵ֤ן אִם־יֵֽרָאֶה֙ וָרֹ֔מַח בְּאַרְבָּעִ֥ים אֶ֖לֶף בְּיִשְׂרָאֵֽל When they chose new gods, war came to their ...
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How to decide where the development of Torah stops being useful

The Rambam's Introduction to the Yad is the long answer to this question and his Introduction to the Mishna is the even longer answer. I'll try to break it down based off of my understanding (also ...
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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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Splitting learning for a siyum

Rabbi Lauffer at Ohr Somayach writes: Is It Permissible for a Few People to Learn Different Parts of the Tractate and Make a Siyum Together? Yes, it is (see Chavot Yair 70 and Maharshal). If possible,...
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What's the law if a person has zera levatalah when asleep

This is covered by the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. The text of the beracha itself should answer your other questions. מִי שֶרָאָה, חַס וְשָׁלוֹם, קְרִי בַּלַּיְלָה, כְּשֶׁנֵּעוֹר מִשְּׁנָתוֹ, יִטּוֹל ...
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Switching topics - Bittul Torah?

The Chofetz Chaim in the end of Ahavas Chesed included a kuntres from an earlier gadol called Marganisa Tova. It is a list of 44 behaviors a person should be careful with every day. In item number 4, ...
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Mishanh Torah Sabath 11:14 writing rule with respect to left hand and elbow [Question]

The Torah prohibited labor done in a normal way. Violating that, someone would have to bring a sacrifice. (Thus, "liable.") If someone did it in an abnormal way, they are thus "exempt&...
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The 10th Month Is Obviously Teves!

The sefer Yesha Elohim asks your question, and brings the answer that it was meant from shamayim that Esther should be taken to Achashverosh in the 10th month because the 10th month is Teves, in which ...
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Where do memories come from?

I would point you to a Rabbeinu Yona, not so well known, that does give you something to work with (though he does not get so specific with the terminology as you have). כי טבע הגוף משכח וכי יעשה ...
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Need help getting back into learning torah after 10 years

A core principle of choosing what to learn and that it should be something you enjoy (see Avoda Zara 19a). Did you have particular areas of Torah you used to like? When you write you want a refresher, ...
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Is there a Coursera for learning Halacha and Gemara?

I've been there so I know exactly how you feel. I can share some learnings from experience and a number of resources that helped me a lot to become much more independent. First, since halacha and ...
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Content of the various sets of Chabad books

Likkutei Sichos is a collection of select essays on specific topics in Torah, written up by a committee of chassidim, based on talks by the Rebbe over the years and edited by him. They were originally ...
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Conflicting meanings of "Shulchan Aruch"

R Yosef Karo, the author of the work, gave it that name for the following reason (from the intro): וְקָרָאתִי שֵׁם סֵפֶר זֶה שֻׁלְחָן עָרוּךְ, כִּי בוֹ יִמְצָא הַהוֹגֶה כָּל מִינֵי מַטְעַמִּים ...
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What is the translation of דורמיטא? (Dormita)

I am not that familiair with this kabbalistic concept, but basically what it means is that דורמיטא means that G-d is in a "state of slumber". This can be deduced from what it writes in ...
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Is there a Biurei Zohar online of the Mittler Rebbe

Here's a PDF version on HebrewBooks: https://hebrewbooks.org/20661
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How did Noach know which animals were kosher prior to matan torah?

Rashi on the passuk 7:2 הטהורה. הָעֲתִידָה לִהְיוֹת טְהוֹרָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל; לָמַדְנוּ שֶׁלָּמַד נֹחַ תּוֹרָה (שם פ' כ"ו): הטהורה CLEAN—It means those cattle which will in future be permitted to ...
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Shittim wood is connected to Shtus?

Rabbi Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky in Chochmah Yomit, Daily Wisdom by the Lubavitcher Rebbe explains (parashas Terumah): The Hebrew word for “acacia” (shitah) means “bending.” The acacia tree is called the ...
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Shittim wood is connected to Shtus?

Both Midrash Tanchuma (Balak 16) and Bamidbar Rabba (20:22) Say almost the exact same thing. Here's the quote from Midrash Tanchuma: וְכָל אוֹתָן אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה שֶׁהָיוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר, לֹא סָרְחוּ ...
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What is Midrash Panim Acheirim and Midrash Abba Gourion?

According to M. B. Lerner, 'The Works of Aggadic Midrash and the Esther Midrashim', in: S. Safrai et al (eds.), The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud, ...
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