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92. Sincere vs. Insincere Torah Study
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Talmud Torah 3:5 The first thing for which a person will be judged in the Next World is his Torah study. Only after that will his other deeds be evaluated. Therefore, the Sages said that one should always occupy himself with Torah study, whether sincerely or otherwise, because even Torah study performed for ulterior motives […]
91. Torah Study vs. Other Mitzvos
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Talmud Torah 3:3 None of the other mitzvos are equal to Torah. Just the opposite, Torah study is equal to all the other mitzvos because study leads to action. Therefore, study takes priority over action. Talmud Torah 3:4 When a person must choose between performing a mitzvah and studying Torah, if the mitzvah can be […]
90. The Crown of Torah
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Talmud Torah 3:1 The Jewish people were given three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of the priesthood, and the crown of royalty. Aaron earned the crown of the priesthood, as per Numbers 25:13, “It will be an eternal covenant of priesthood for him and his descendants after him.” David earned the crown of […]
89. Changing Teachers
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Talmud Torah 2:6 A child may be moved from one teacher’s class to another’s if the latter is able to teach him faster. This applies when both teachers are in the same city and there is no river between them. A child should not be made to travel to a different city, or even to […]