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What to Learn

A number of months ago I posted about an interesting devar Torah by Rabbi David Bigman about Becoming Your Own Posek. I was unable to locate the source that Rabbi Bigman quoted, but a kind reader contacted Rabbi Bigman and found out that the source was in קונטרס סדר תורת הלימוד, תורת ההוראה והמנהגים, which was written by Rabbi Shlomo Braun, the author of שערים המצויינים בהלכה. This kuntress is found as an appendix in vol. 1 of later editions of שערים המצויינים בהלכה. The book itself is well worth the purchase, but this later addition makes it even better.

I was recently looking through it for a class that I am teaching, and came across the following paragraph.


Rabbi Braun brings numerous authorities who discussed the prioritization of learning. If you don’t have all day to learn, what should you be learning? The sources that he brings, and I am sure that there are other opinions, all emphasize that the emphasis should be on practical halakhah. According to the Shach, if you don’t have that much time, learn a little Gemara along with the Rif, Mordechai, and Rosh. Something to think about.

2 Responses to “What to Learn”

  1. 1
    Abul Bannat:

    So this is an argument against daf yomi?

  2. 2
    Menachem Mendel:

    I don’t think that it’s an argument against Daf Yomi, but I do think that it is an approach that emphasizes the practical side of learning. For some the less practical it is, the more it is “pure” Torah study.




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