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85. What to Study
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Talmud Torah 1:11 A person is obligated to divide his study time into thirds. One-third should be devoted to studying the Written Torah, one-third to studying the Oral Law, and one-third to understanding how concepts are derived from their roots in the Torah, inferring and comparing concepts, and delving into the principles of exegesis, until […]
84. The Professions of Our Sages
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Talmud Torah 1:9 Some of our greatest Sages included wood-choppers, water-drawers and blind men. Despite this, they occupied themselves with Torah study by day and night and they are included in the chain of those who transmitted the Torah from our teacher Moshe. Talmud Torah 1:10 A person is obligated to study Torah until the […]
83. Paying Teachers
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Talmud Torah 1:7 If the local practice is for the teacher of schoolchildren to receive payment, he should be paid. The father must pay for his son’s education until the child is able to read the entire written Torah. One is permitted to receive wages for teaching the written Torah in a place where the […]
82. At What Age to Start?
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Talmud Torah 1:5 A man should study Torah first and marry second. If he marries first, his mind won’t be free to focus on his studies. However, if his natural urges overpower him to such a degree that his mind isn’t free anyway, then he should marry first and study Torah second. Talmud Torah 1:6 […]
81. One’s Son vs. Other Students
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Talmud Torah 1:3 Another difference between the obligation to teach one’s own son Torah and the obligation to teach it to someone else’s son: one is obligated to hire a teacher for his own son but he is not required to incur any expense in order to teach another person’s son. If a male was […]
80. Hilchos Talmud Torah
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Talmud Torah 1:1 Women, slaves, and minors are not obligated in the mitzvah of Torah study. Nevertheless, a father is obligated to teach his son Torah while he is still a minor, as per Deuteronomy 11:19, “You shall teach them to your sons, to speak about them.” A woman is not required to teach her […]
The End of the Shmita Year: An Opportunity to Begin Again
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The desire to live in the Land of Israel is multifaceted. For some of us, it is mainly an outgrowth of our awareness and desire to connect to this land’s history, while for others the excitement of building Israel’s future is the strongest bond. ——————————- Every week, as Shabbat comes to a close, we mark […]
79. Revenge and Grudges
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Deios 7:7 A person who takes revenge against another violates the Torah prohibition of “Do not take revenge” (Leviticus 19:18). Even though taking revenge was not punished by lashes, it is still a very bad trait. A person should learn to rise above his feelings for mundane things, which people of understanding consider to be […]