Method of Learning Torah

Method of Learning Torahby Rabbi Simcha Wasserman zt”lGuidance from one of the greatest sages of our time on how to learn Torah properly. (He was also the son of Rav Elchanan Wasserman, Hy”d a most profound talmud scholar and one of the main disciples of the Chafetz Chaim)Transcripted, with permission from the audio tape: Maimonide’s Book of Knowledge from ohr.edu Every Word Must Be Accounted … Continue reading Method of Learning Torah

Acquiring a Merit in Torah

Question: Can one pay a Torah scholar a substantial sum of money in order to acquire a portion in all of the Torah he has studied thus far? Answer: Indeed, included in the Mitzvah of Torah study and Tzedakah is the great Mitzvah of financially supporting Torah scholars, especially the needy among them, so that they may continue their holy work amid peace and tranquility. Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l spent … Continue reading Acquiring a Merit in Torah

The Oral Law -Talmud & Mishna

The Oral Law is a legal commentary on the Torah, explaining how its commandments are to be carried out. Common sense suggests that some sort of oral tradition was always needed to accompany the Written Law, because the Torah alone, even with its 613 commandments, is an insufficient guide to Jewish life. For example, the fourth of the Ten Commandments, ordains, “Remember the Sabbath day … Continue reading The Oral Law -Talmud & Mishna

Who’s Your Teacher

The Sages, seeing that his mind was clear, entered his chamber and sat down at a distance of four cubits. ‘Why have ye come?’ said he to them. ‘To study the Torah’, they replied; ‘And why did ye not come before now’, he asked? They answered, ‘We had no time’. He then said, ‘I will be surprised if these die a natural death’. R. Akiba … Continue reading Who’s Your Teacher

Keeping to a Torah Learning Schedule

In the opening verses of Parashat Ekeb, Moshe promises that we will be rewarded “Ekeb Tishme’un” – in exchange for obeying G-d’s laws. While this is the plain meaning of the Pasuk, later scholars have uncovered for us deeper layers of meaning. One such interpretation suggests that this Pasuk alludes to the vital importance of maintaining a consistent regimen of Torah learning. The letters of … Continue reading Keeping to a Torah Learning Schedule