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104. Standing for and Serving One’s Teacher
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Talmud Torah 5:7 One is obligated to stand for his teacher from the time he sees him, no matter how far away that is, until the teacher passes and is no longer visible. At that point, the student may sit. One is obligated to visit his teacher on the festivals. Talmud Torah 5:8 It is […]
103. Some Things Not to Do
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Talmud Torah 5:5 A student is not permitted to refer to his teacher by name, even when not in the teacher’s presence. The student should not mention the same name in the teacher’s presence even if he is referring to someone else with the same name; this is the same rule as he does with […]
102. Ruling in Front of One’s Teacher
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Talmud Torah 5:3                                                        If a person asked a student to rule on a Torah matter and there were twelve mil (about 7.5 miles) between the student and his teacher, it is permitted for him to answer. In order to keep someone from performing a sin, it is permitted for a student to rule even in […]
101. Honoring One’s Teacher
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Talmud Torah 5:1 Just as one is obligated to honor and revere his father, one is likewise obligated to honor and revere his teacher. In fact, one must honor and revere a teacher even more than one does his father. This is because one’s father brings him into life in this world but one’s teacher […]
100. Priority in Answering Questions
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Talmud Torah 4:8 Let’s say that two students asked questions at the same time. If one question is relevant and the other is not, the teacher should answer the relevant question. If one question is about practical application and the other is a hypothetical, the teacher should answer the practical question. If one question is […]
99. How to Ask Questions
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Talmud Torah 4:6 When a teacher enters the study hall, the students should not ask him questions until he has had a chance to gather his thoughts. A student should not ask until the teacher sits down and composes himself. Two students should not ask questions at the same time. A teacher should only be […]
98. When Students Do Not Understand
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Talmud Torah 4:4 If the teacher taught something and the students didn’t understand it, the teacher should not get angry with them. Rather, he should repeat and review the material, even many times, until they understand. Similarly, a student should not say that he understands the material if he doesn’t. Rather, he should ask several […]
97. How to Teach
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Talmud Torah 4:2 Here’s how Torah should be taught: the teacher sits at the head and the students sit around him so that everyone can see the teacher and hear his words. The teacher should not sit on a chair if the students have to sit on the ground. Either everyone should sit on the […]
96. Who Should Be Taught?
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Talmud Torah 3:13 Even though it is a mitzvah to study Torah both by day and by night, a person acquires most of his wisdom through Torah study by night. Therefore, one who wishes to earn the crown of Torah should be careful with his nights. He should not give up even a single night […]