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Rema Orach Chaim 46:9 notes that the custom he observed was to recite birchot hatorah only after selichot. However Mishnah Berurah 46:27 points out that the prevalent custom today is not to recite any verses before birchot hatorah, therefore one should recite birchot hatorah before selichot.


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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 looking for, pg 403b, s.v. Ubisof.


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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, the 3 Babas, Sanhedrin. Maakos. They learn these with the commentary's of Rashi, the different Tosfos, Rashba, Ritva, Rif, Rosh, Ran, Ramban, and other ...


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Most of the commentators agree with the premise you state: there is no need to study the Mishna alone. The Mishna clearly held no independent standing in the eyes of Rashi as in his commentary he would not flesh out the concepts presented in the Mishna, but rather said “it is explained in the Gemara,” ("בגמרא מפרש"); in other words, the concepts and ...


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I read this story in an essay from R. Schechter entitled ‘Ego and Humility in Torah Study’: During the Second World War, when the students of the Mirrer Yeshiva were traveling for a week and a half on the transcontinental railroad towards Vladivostok, there were non-Jewish passengers traveling on the same train. One of the Polish non-Jews on the train ...


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The source that explicitly states this concept is the Nefesh Hachaim written by Rabbi Chaim Volozhiner, who sees it as being expressed by earlier sources. See for example Shaar 4:25: אבל אם היה ח''ו העולם פנוי לגמרי אפילו רגע אחת ממש מעסק והתבוננות עם סגולה בתו''הק. תיכף כרגע היו כל העולמות נחרבים ונבטלים ממציאות לגמרי ח''ו. ואף גם איש א' מישראל לבד. רב ...


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Bereishit Rabbah 60:8: אָמַר רַבִּי אַחָא יָפָה שִׂיחָתָן שֶׁל עַבְדֵי בָּתֵּי אָבוֹת מִתּוֹרָתָן שֶׁל בָּנִים, פָּרָשָׁתוֹ שֶׁל אֱלִיעֶזֶר שְׁנַיִם וּשְׁלשָׁה דַפִּים הוּא אוֹמְרָהּ וְשׁוֹנָהּ, וְשֶׁרֶץ מִגּוּפֵי תּוֹרָה וְאֵין דָּמוֹ מְטַמֵּא כִּבְשָׂרוֹ אֶלָּא מֵרִבּוּי הַמִּקְרָא.‏ R. Aha said, "The conversation of the servants of the ...


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It has been said that a Jew may visit the graves of righteous gentiles to arouse one to do Teshuvah when the graves of Jews are not available in one’s vicinity, but if the cemetery you wish to enter contains statues of idols (such as Christian crosses, etc.) then you should not enter such a cemetery let alone pray or learn there. M”B 579:14; Kaf Hachaim ...


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It may be a reference to this responsum: Be'er Moshe 8:3:3 וא"כ מסתבר שכמו שאסור ללמוד מהם פה אל פה כמו כן אסור ללמוד מספריהם ואין לחלק ולומר דדוקא מפיהם אסור ללמוד שמא ילמוד ממעשיהם (עיין מפרש"י חגיגה (ט"ו ב') ד"ה גדול היודע ליזהר שלא ילמוד ממעשיו) משא"כ הלומדים מספריהם אין שום חשש שילמוד ממעשיהם זה טעות מוחלט חדא דשפיר יש לחוש שילמוד ממעשיהם אחר שיראה ...


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It seems like this could be comparable to the Braisa that mentions the methodology of Shimon HaAmsuni (can be found in Pesachim 22b, among other places): כדתניא שמעון העמסוני ואמרי לה נחמיה העמסוני היה דורש כל אתים שבתורה כיון שהגיע לאת ה׳ אלהיך תירא פירש אמרו לו תלמידיו רבי כל אתים שדרשת מה תהא עליהן אמר להם כשם שקבלתי שכר על הדרישה כך אני מקבל שכר ...


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Pesachim 68b: אמר רבי אלעזר אילמלא תורה לא נתקיימו שמים וארץ שנאמר אם לא בריתי יומם ולילה חקות שמים וארץ לא שמתי Rabbi Elazar said: If not for the Torah, heaven and earth would not be sustained, as it is stated: “If not for My covenant by day and by night, I would not have set up the laws of heaven and earth” (Jeremiah 33:25). As Rashi ad. loc. ...


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You probably refer to Gemmorah in Avodah Zarah 19a: אָמַר רַבִּי: אֵין אָדָם לוֹמֵד תּוֹרָה אֶלָּא מִמָּקוֹם שֶׁלִּבּוֹ חָפֵץ, .(שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: "כִּי אִם בְּתוֹרַת ה' חֶפְצוֹ"(תהילים א, ב Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi says: A person can learn Torah only from a place in the Torah that his heart desires, as it is stated: But his delight is in the Torah of the ...


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A similar idea is stated in the Talmud (Eru. 54a): אמר רב הונא מאי דכתיב חיתך ישבו בה תכין בטובתך לעני אלהים אם אדם משים עצמו כחיה זו שדורסת ואוכלת ואיכא דאמרי שמסרחת ואוכלת תלמודו מתקיים בידו ואם לאו אין תלמודו מתקיים בידו Translation (Soncino): R. Huna said: What is the purport of the Scriptural text, Thy flock settled therein; Thou preparest in ...


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Practical contradictions need to be resolved, otherwise, we would not know what to do. We try to resolve theoretical contradictions, because that is how we discover deeper levels of understanding. The resolution of the contradiction is almost always by drawing some new distinction and noting that one rule applies in one instance, while the other side of the ...


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The Talmud in fact mentions that more people succeeded at becoming working scholars than at becoming just scholars: Berachot 35b ת"ר ואספת דגנך מה ת"ל לפי שנא' לא ימוש ספר התורה הזה מפיך יכול דברים ככתבן ת"ל ואספת דגנך הנהג בהן מנהג דרך ארץ דברי ר' ישמעאל ר"ש בן יוחי אומר אפשר אדם חורש בשעת חרישה וזורע בשעת זריעה וקוצר בשעת קצירה ודש בשעת דישה וזורה בשעת ...


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The language of the Rambam in Hilchos Tefillah 7:11 is בכל יום, חייב אדם לברך שלוש ברכות אלו, ואחר כך קורא מעט מדברי תורה. ונהגו העם לקרות ברכת כהנים, ויש מקומות שקורין "צו את בני ישראל", ויש מקומות שקורין שתיהן. וקורין פרקים או הלכות מן המשנה או מן הברייתות Every day a person is obligated to make these three blessings, and afterwards to read a ...


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An Artscroll Tosafos series now exists. Two volumes have been published to date, one on all of Makkos, the other on the first half of Berachos. It is quite comprehensive.


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The answer is, IMO, yes and no. No. With a sufficient introduction, every section of the Talmud (say, Mishna or even "long Sugya") can be taught and studied on its own. Yes. To fully understand any section of the Talmud it helps to have studied the entire Talmud. And Chumash and Mishna and Tosefta. That's a catch-22 situation and is the explanation of ...


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There is no reason to prohibit learning Torah with one's wife, and indeed many husbands and fathers learn with their wives or daughters. Recommendations for what to study is a personal preference, as the gemara in Avoda Zara 19a writes Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi says: A person can learn Torah only from a place in the Torah that his heart desires, as it is ...


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The Chabad rabbis I've met go out of their way to welcome people in. They also have to know that for the Reform movement in particular with their stance on patrilineal descent, there is a non-trivial chance of issues with the halachic status of non-Orthodox Jews. I'm a member of a Reform congregation and when I had to make last-minute seder plans one year, ...


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One such work is Rabbi Daniel Mann's A Glimpse of Greatness: A Study in the Works of Giants of Lomdus, which was reviewed here. There is also a Hebrew biography titled Shnei Keruvim by Meir Herskowitz, about the Ketzos and the Tosfos Yom Tov.


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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz in The Essential Talmud states that children of this era memorized a verse each day as part of their education and that this is what is being referenced when they are asked “recite your verse” or something similar in various parts of the Talmud.


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The Shulchan Aruch HaRav Talmud Torah 2/12-13 writes that there is a difference between the 24 seforim of the written Torah, where saying the words is a mitzvah even if you don't understand the meaning of those words. While the oral Torah is a mitzvah only when you understand it. אך אם מוציא בשפתיו אע"פ שאינו מבין אפי' פירוש המילות מפני שהוא עם הארץ הרי ...


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If you have laboured in תורה, that itself is success, you have had a successful life (day, week whatever). merriam-webster.com defines success as a "favorable or desired outcome".The mitzvah is לימוד התורה not ידיעת התורה. Furthermore חז"ל tell us לפום צערא אגרא. If you have toiled you have been successful.


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Maimonides, Laws of Torah Study 1:9: גְּדוֹלֵי חַכְמֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הָיוּ מֵהֶן חוֹטְבֵי עֵצִים וּמֵהֶן שׁוֹאֲבֵי מַיִם וּמֵהֶן סוּמִים וְאַף עַל פִּי כֵן הָיוּ עוֹסְקִין בְּתַלְמוּד תּוֹרָה בַּיּוֹם וּבַלַּיְלָה וְהֵם מִכְּלַל מַעְתִּיקֵי הַשְּׁמוּעָה אִישׁ מִפִּי אִישׁ מִפִּי משֶׁה רַבֵּנוּ: Some of the great scholars in Israel were hewers of wood, ...


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The rabbis of the Talmud had jobs to support themselves. Hillel was a woodchopper and welldigger. Shammai was a building contractor. Rabbi Yochanan b. Zakkai was a businessman for forty years. Rabbi Yehoshua b. Chananiah was a blacksmith. Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Chananel were scribes. Rabbi Chanina sold bees' honey. Rabbi Chiyya the Elder, Rabbi Shimon ...


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R' Boruch Ber Lebowitz [Birchas Shmuel, Kiddushin #27] writes that the obligation of ושננתם לבנך is "לראות שבנו ובן בנו יהיו ת"ח וגאונים בתורה".


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Shulchan Aruch Harav (Talmud Torah, 1): האב הוא חייב ללמד לבנו בעצמו או למצוא לו מלמד שילמדנו כל התורה כולה ואם אינו מוצא בחנם אף על פי שהוא בעצמו אינו יכול ללמדו ואפילו אינו יודע ללמוד כלל בעצמו חייב הוא מן התורה לשכור לו מלמד שילמדנו היטב לידע כל התורה שבכתב ושבע”פ כולה. (Ibid, 5) ואל יאמר האדם איך אפשר ללמוד כל התורה שבעל פה כולה הרי התורה ...


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In Rebbetzin Kanievski's biography it is written that R Chaim Kanievski completes every year Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi, Nach, Rambam, Shulchan Aruch, Mishnah Berurah, Midrash Rabbah, Midrash Tanchumah, Sifra, Sifri and Tosefta. He wakes up in the early hours of the day to start and aims to complete every day what he calls his chovot (debts). It is ...


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For what it's worth, my Oz V'hadar Mesivta Haggadah, extended edition, does indeed include it in brackets (p. 57). In their discussion of the Minhag (p. 309) they reference the Ma'aseh Rav (§190), which lists the passages which the Gra would say. As you note, he leaves out the passage from Ezra. They pose this question (ad. loc., ft. 4) in the name of ...


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