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Mishna and Talmud are not books x and y. There are kind of learning. BM 33ab ת"ר העוסקין במקרא מדה ואינה מדה במשנה מדה ונוטלין עליה שכר תנו רבנן רבו שאמרו רבו שלמדו חכמה ולא רבו שלמדו מקרא ומשנה דברי ר"מ The Gemara enumerates different learnings, learning Mikra, Mishna, … the rav who teach Mikra, Mishna, Chochma. Rashi explains this. מקרא - ...


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You might as well have asked: There are books and courses on studying the Mishna. Just the Mishna. Why would anyone want to study the Mishna by itself, without studying the commentary of R. Ovadya of Bartinura ("Rav") at the same time? Practically speaking, when you study the Mishna, don't you also study the Rav on the side, to understand the Mishna? It's ...


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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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Pirkei Avos 5:21 states how the study of Mishnah should proceed the study of Talmud: הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, בֶּן חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים לַמִּקְרָא, בֶּן עֶשֶׂר לַמִּשְׁנָה, בֶּן שְׁלשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה לַמִּצְוֹת, בֶּן חֲמֵשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה לַתַּלְמוּד [R' Yehuda Ben Teima] used to say: At five years of age the study of Scripture; At ten the study of Mishnah; At thirteen ...


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There are no "prerequisite" tractates, but there is a reason why yeshivos start their beginner grades with certain perakim that have easier basic concepts and introduce talmudic reasoning, such as the first two perakim in Bava Metziah, i.e., Shnaim Ochsim and Eilu Metzios, or Pesachim first perek, i.e., Or l'Arba Asar. Also, for all levels of learners, it ...


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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 are a couple of points in your question which should be clarified. If you consult the Gemarah you cite I believe your reading is not accurate. Elisha did not refute anything R' Meir said, he only countered that R' Meir's teaching was not in accord with the way R' Akiva, R' Meir's teacher, learned. AFAIK nothing Acher says there is heretical. In terms ...


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Looking at the definition of Talmid Chacham as it is found in Sefer Kehillat Yaacov of Rabbi Yaacov Tzvi Yolles, z"l, it says the distinguishing characteristics of a talmid chacham are primarily: kindness and understanding. That these traights are a consequence of studying G-d's ways, like we learn from Rabbi Elazar quoting Rabbi Chaninah (Brachot 64a, ...


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"Why learn late thursday night?" To avoid a fast. The most religious among us love to fast from Thursday evening to Friday evening, in order (for them) to enjoy (more) the delight/the oneg of Shabbat celebration. Those among us, however, who are unable to fast or do not want to fast (especially from Thursday evening meal), arrange to learn Torah or a ...


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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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It greatly depends on how you define a Talmid Chacham - as opposed to Am Haaretz or as opposed to Ish Maaseh. As opposed to Am Haaretz - it is a sure Mitzvah to excel in learning Torah and observing the commandments to the maximum extent possible. I don't think this needs clarification, see the other answer(s). As opposed to Anshey Maaseh - I addressed this ...


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The Ksav Sofer (1815-1871)-- as quoted in this torchweb.org article (can't find his standalone commentary online)-- discusses this in his commentary to Bereishis 48:20: ... it is the obligation of every Jewish parent to teach his son Torah in the hope that he becomes a great Talmid Chacham which is the highest level to which a Jew can aspire - and if he ...


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