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Upon further investigation I found in the Rivevos Ephraim Chelek 8:128:2 that it is better to learn one Mishna for one person separately, and if one did learn one Mishna for two people it still works. Unfortunately, Rav Ephraim Greenblatt wrote that he was not well when writing this teshuva to a few questions and said he is,writing in short,so we dont have ...


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There is a daily 8-minute shiur given by Rabbi Eli Stefansky. It is broadcast live on Youtube, and accessible on his channel.


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There is an extended comment of the Rambam on this Mishnah of avot. But I want only note here, according to the explanation of Bartenura that the Mishna says almost exactly what chachamim say in Kiddushin. They say גדול התלמוד שמביא לידי מעשה. The Talmud is greater because it leads to action. So, with Talmud we don't leave the action, we reinforce the action....


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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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Someone who is not Jewish is not permitted to learn Torah or keep Shabbos. (There is no issue, of course, in partaking of Shabbos meals.) The answer to the specific question may depend on future plans. The laws of a Reform convert and the laws of an Orthodox-convert-in-training differ. If one plans on a halachic (Orthodox) conversion to Judaism imminently, ...


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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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Avodah zarah 3a (with steinzaltz): ואמר בעניין זה ר' שמעון בן לקיש, מאי דכתיב [מהו שנאמר]: "ויהי ערב ויהי בקר יום הששי" (בראשית א, לא), בה"א הידיעה? מלמד שהתנה הקדוש ברוך הוא עם מעשה בראשית תנאי זה, ואמר: אם ישראל מקבלין את תורתי בזמן מתן תורה — מוטב, ואם לאו [לא] — אני אחזיר אתכם לתוהו ובוהו; rabbi Shimon Ben lakish said on this topic: why is it ...


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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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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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