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  Torah study - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Torah study is the study by Jews of the Torah, Tanakh, Talmud, responsa, rabbinic literature and similar works, all of which are Judaism's religious texts, for the purpose of the mitzvah ("commandment") of Torah study itself, meaning study for religious (as opposed to academic) purposes.
Torah study evolved over the generations, as lifestyles changed and new texts were written.
The study must be unselfish: one should study the Torah with self-denial, even at the sacrifice of one's life; and in the very hour before death one should devote himself to this duty (Tractate Shabbat 83b).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Torah_study   (1234 words)

 Torah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All Torah scrolls are stored in the holiest part of the synagogue in the Ark known as the "Holy Ark" (אֲרוֹן הקֹדשׁ aron hakodesh in Hebrew.) Aron in modern Hebrew means cupboard or closet and Kodesh is derived from 'Kadosh', or 'holy'.
The Torah is the primary document of Judaism, and is the source of all Biblical commandments, in an ethical framework.
Modern historians affirm that the Torah was gradually recorded as the Hebrew Bible between the 5th century BC and the 2nd century BC.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Torah   (1700 words)

 Torah Study | The Chabad House at Stanford   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
But the study of Torah belongs to the eternal world, the world-to-come - it is a spirited exercise in God-wrestling at the highest level of spiritual life.
Torah study is not simply a matter of punctilious scholarship and academic excellence, although it is surely that, too.
Torah study is crucial to the survival of the Jews, and it has earned Jews the reputation of being one of the most educated peoples in the history of the world.
chabadstanford.org /pages/wisdom_center/Article/68.html   (1175 words)

 The Lookstein Center
The halakhic attitude is that all that falls under the broad rubric of intellectual striving, the becoming conversant with Torah, is more of a masculine pursuit, one from which a woman is exempt, although she is allowedto learn.
He said that there are two aspects of Torah study: a) For its own sake, pure knowledge; b) Preparation for the life of Torah and the fulfillment of the commandments.
Torah education for women must be strengthened, both quantitatively as well as qualitatively, including the teaching of all aspects of Torah.
www.lookstein.org /articles/torah_study_for_women.htm   (1002 words)

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Torah study stripped of this joy is thusen permitted.
Yehuda basesd the prohibition of Torah study upon the joy it causes and permitted it in instances in which no joy is experienced.
Torah study as a pleasure-inducing experience is forbidden throughout the entire seven day period.
www.vbm-torah.org /archive/metho57/30torah.doc   (2453 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Daily Life: Themes and Theology of Torah Study
Within the rabbinic world, however, the wide-ranging enterprise called talmud torah (Torah study, not to be confused with either the body of rabbinic literature known as the Talmud, or the Torah itself) also became a desired end on its own, rather than simply a means of determining law and practice.
In the period after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, talmud torah (along with liturgical prayer) replaced sacrifices as the primary means of worship.
In portraying God as a student of Torah, the rabbis imply that they, who devote their lives to studying Torah, are modeling their own lives of learning on the Divine--and perhaps even place their own conclusions on par, as it were, with God's.
myjewishlearning.com /daily_life/TorahStudy/Torah_Study_Th_and_Th.htm   (717 words)

 The Watchman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Torah study on the minor festival of Tu B'Av, the fifteenth of Av.
This study examines the Messianic significance of the priesthood.
This study examines the prophetic birth of the Benei Yisrael.
members.aol.com /gkilli/home   (1793 words)

 Kolel Parasha Study: Commentators
He based his teachings on Torah study and not miracle working and became an active part of the communal and political life of Polish Jewry.
She served the congregations of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, and was the senior rabbi of Temple Beth David of the South Shore in Massachusets.
For almost 50 years, she was a devoted teacher of Torah, and in her own modest, self-effacing way, was a supra-commentator (and some would say super-commentator) on the Bible.
www.kolel.org /pages/parasha/commentator.html   (5025 words)

 Daily Torah Study | Chabad.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
His explanation of Chumash, the first five books of the Torah, clarifies the "simple" meaning of the text so that a bright child of five could understand it.
The Mishneh Torah was the Rambam's (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon) magnum opus, a work spanning hundreds of chapters and describing all of the laws mentioned in the Torah.
Participating in the one of the annual study cycles of these laws (3 chapters/day, 1 chapter/day, or Sefer Hamitzvot) is a way we can play a small but essential part in rebuilding the final Temple.
www.chabad.org /dailystudy   (557 words)

 Limud HaTorah — The Mitzvah of Torah Study   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
One is to study the Written Torah, the second is to study the Oral Torah — primarily in memorizing the Mishnayos, and the third is to analyze these topics and understand them well.
Women are not obligated to study these aspects of the Torah and are better advised to focus on those aspects of Torah study that they need for practical purposes.
The study of Torah is our first and most important task because it determines the extent to which we will understand and fulfill our life’s duties.
members.aol.com /LazerA/torahstudy.htm   (897 words)

 Knowledge - Torah Study
The way of the Torah is to eat bread with salt, drink water from a cup, sleep on the ground, lead a life of hardship and labour at learning Torah.
This idea is mentioned in the Torah: "Because you wouldn't serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart for the abundance of all things, you shall therefore serve your enemies...in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things".
These types of students who don't learn Torah as appropriate but learn because they want to grow in the eyes of ignoramuses and members of their towns, and sit on the High Court of Israel, are those who cause arguments, destroy the world, extinguish the light of Torah and destroy the works of God.
www.panix.com /~jjbaker/MadaTT.html   (7889 words)

 Day-to-Day Judaism: Torah Study   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Jews became known as the People of the Book; their love of Torah study is legendary; it has earned them the reputation as the most educated people in the history of the world.
But the study of Torah belongs to the eternal world, the world-to-come -- it is a spirited exercise in God-wrestling at the highest level of spiritual life.
Torah is both the arrow and the heart of Judaism.
www.aish.com /literacy/mitzvahs/Day-to-Day_Judaism_Torah_Study.asp   (1507 words)

 The Torahnet Page - Torah Study Opportunities on the 'Net
The Jewish Communication Network's Interactive Torah Study, with Rabbi David E. Lipman, uses a selection from the weekly portion in order to facilitate the studying of Torah, Mishnah and Gemara each day (as recommended in the Talmud (B. Avodah Zarah 19b)).
Torah Discussions, by Steve Gandi, is a nice collection of dvrei torah, relating torah portions to modern day morals and ethics.
The Rabin Mishnah Study Group, is "is dedicated to the daily study of Mishnah by lay people (in memory of Yitzchak Rabin z"l) in the spiritual climate of Conservative Judaism.
members.cox.net /esimon1/torahnet   (6639 words)

 All Nite Tora-thon - Shavuot with Aish   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Torah study is regarded as the most important of all mitzvot, because it opens the door for observance of the other mitzvot.
Study of Torah is a specific mitzvah in Deut.
When we study Torah, we are not studying an abstract and arcane text of the ancient world.
www.aish.com /shavuottorah/shavuottorahdefault/All_Nite_Tora-thon.asp   (974 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Daily Life: Primer: Torah Study
The Torah is portrayed in rabbinic tradition as predating all history, the very blueprint according to which God constructed the universe.
To study Torah in depth, then, is to do more than learn prescribed behaviors; it is to approach an understanding of the foundations of all existence and the pathways of the divine.
According to some rabbinic sources, therefore, the Israelites’ acceptance of the Torah at Mt. Sinai enabled the world to continue to exist and not be plunged back into primordial chaos.
myjewishlearning.com /daily_life/TorahStudy/Talmud_Torah_Primer.htm?...   (495 words)

 The Written Law (The Torah)
The term "Bible" is more commonly used by non-Jews, as are the terms "Old Testament" and "New Testament." The appropriate term for Jews to use for the Hebrew Bible is "Tanakh." Tanakh is an acronym for Torah, Nevi'im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings).
The Torah is also known as the Chumash, Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses.
This definition of Torah is probably the most common among Orthodox Jews.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Judaism/The_Written_Law.html   (208 words)

 Tikkun Leil Shavuot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
None of all precepts is equal in importance to Torah study; nay, Torah study excels all the precepts, for study leads to practice.
"This is the way of Torah study: eat bread with salt, drink water by measure, sleep on the bare ground, and live a life of hardship while you toll in the Torah" (Ethics of the Fathers, 6:4).
If, however, the teacher is convinced that they are too lazy to study Torah, and that they have not grasped the subject on account of their indolence, he must show his anger, shaming them with words, in order to rouse them.
www.wzo.org.il /en/resources/view.asp?id=199   (1947 words)

 Ivy League Torah Study Program   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Ivy League Torah Study Program strives to present an overview and the means for further investigation of our Torah-true tradition.
This is done through a rigorous presentation of core components of Torah and the analytical tools necessary for its proper understanding.
The Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have minimal or no background in Torah learning; the objective is not to "convert" or coerce, but rather to provide an accurate understanding of Torah teachings, and a meaningful experience of the traditional Jewish lifestyle.
www.iltsp.org /index1.asp   (176 words)

 Reform Congregation Beth Or [Spring House, PA]- Shabbat morning Torah Study
This study group works from the English translation and examines Midrashic and contemporary scientific and psychological perspectives to help bring meaning to the ancient text.
The class will study each Torah portion with emphasis this year upon sections that are less well known but highly meaningful for contemporary society and life.
Torah Study at Congregation Beth Or has been found to be highly addictive and enriching.
bethor.org /torah/torah.html   (421 words)

 Starting a Group
By the strictest definition, "Torah study" is the examination and analysis of the first five books of the Bible; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuterononomy.
The balance of the Tenakh is to be understood in light of the Torah's principles, and the "New Testament" is to be interpreted according to what has been established in the Torah/Tenakh.
While this is served, we begin our study (after a prayer) which goes for 2-3 hours before we break for lunch, (during which time discussions never stop!) Sometime during the latter part of the afternoon, some sweet stuff usually finds its way onto the table.
www.yashanet.com /studies/start.htm   (1167 words)

 B'nei Noach Torah Study
Gentiles are allowed to study both the written and the oral Torah as necessary to be a Noachide.
To study Torah B’nei Noach must have a reason of enhancing their understanding of Noachism in some way or of improving their moral character or faith, etc.
This is a form of PURE Torah study which does not require ANY understanding and it seems that it is absolutely prohibited.
jdstone.org /cr/files/bneinoachtorahstudy.html   (335 words)

 FFOZ | An Introduction to Torah Study   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The books of the Torah are the most sacred texts of Scripture, and the basis on which our Gospels and Apostolic writings stand.
The study of Torah is the study of God.
Torah Club invites you to worship God in a disciplined, practical study of His word every week.
ffoz.org /TorahClub   (581 words)

 TorahResource.com - messianic torah study and materials for those who love the Torah
Introduction to Torah Living Audio CD Recordings of the 14 classes of Introduction to Torah Living are now available on one CD (MP3 format).
A biblical study of the role and responsibility of Jews and non-Jews within the covenant community of Israel.
We believe there should be one Torah for both Jew and non-Jew (Exodus 12:49; Numbers 15:16, 29; Isaiah 56:4-5, etc.) and that this one Torah is what God gave to His people through Moses.
www.torahresource.com   (1285 words)

 Turning the Torah
The sages of old exhorted that we should "turn the Torah over and over," as there is no end to its study.
The study group consists of laypersons of varying familiarity with the teachings of the Torah, and this is great — such diversity makes our discussions that much more interesting.
Besides, as the Torah is all about life, everyone has some personal experience they can connect with the teachings and share with the rest of the group.
www.shirtikvah.org /turning.html   (568 words)

 Alef - Open Torah Study
Alef is founded on the premise that all Jews, everywhere, have a right to study Torah.
Torah and Jewish knowledge belong to the Jewish people, and should not be left only to the bookcases in Synagogues.
The purpose of ALEF is not to feed you with some Jewish facts, but to open the window to Jewish study.
www.vbm-torah.org /alef.htm   (420 words)

 Torah Study as Hypertext
It is my unresearched belief that this crucial feature of modern computer software originated thousands of years ago in the study of Torah and Tanach; hence the sages of Israel have a much stronger claim than Al Gore to having invented the World Wide Web.
Ben Azzai was asked, "Did this occur because you study the fiery mystery of the Merkavah [the chariot in the vision of Ezekiel]?" That would have explained the fire, since G-d is in the fire, too.
Study of Tanach via the hypertext technique brings divine fire into the world, making the text dance and rejoice, recalling the revelation at Sinai.
faculty.niagara.edu /boxer/essays/rel/WJB99   (648 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
It includes Bar Mitzvah musicals, visits to the Western Wall, Talmud study and driving on Shabbat, all without becoming ‘religious.’ Thousands of ‘secular’ Jews crammed into the Western Wall over the holidays, Talmud classes are full, and it’s in to wear a trendy kippah.
The pastoral town of Tsoran, in the eastern Sharon region, is populated by 1,500 families looking for quiet and quality of life.
Cohen also organizes weekly activities for children to teach them the weekly Torah portion, and twice a month Rabbi Yechezkel Sofer visits to discuss current affairs and how they are related to the Torah portion.
www.ynetnews.com /articles/0,7340,L-3184027,00.html   (1477 words)

 Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue - Shabbat School
Torah is an ongoing dialogue between the text and its students.
Torah is real in our daily lives; it is with us wherever we are.
Developing the skills to study Torah is essential to integrating Torah into our lives.
www.betalef.org /school.html   (420 words)

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