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Author:  mike
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Date:  9/12/2003 2:59:00 PM
Subject:  torah
Message:  how much torah should the average person learn a day
Reply:  No such thing. Each person must learn all day & all night. But you can't! I realize that. You need to work. You have children. You have other responsibilities. Well put the learning as a priority and get it scheduled in. Some can do 10 hours, others can do only one hour. Talk it over in person with a qualified Rabbi. Don't forget; the first priority is to know the Jewish Laws that pertain to you. Don't get side-tracked with thumb-twisting analytical Baloney.
Requirement #1 is Halacha Lema'aseh (Jewish Laws)
#2 is Tanach (Bible) IN HEBREW! In the original text, please. If you don't know Hebrew, spend the time learning it as you are learning the Tanach.
#3     A broad knowledge of the basics of all the Mishnayot & Gemara (Talmud). No stopping. You read it, understand as best as you can, and go on. If you need a Rashi or Ra'av, then look in it, but it should not be mandatory.
#4 and to some level should really be throughout your years, and that is Books of Mussar & Hashkafa. Keep away from modern day ones. Go with the established major ones. Chovot Halvavot, Orchot Tzaddikim, Shaarei Teshuvah, Chazon Ish Emunah UBitachon, Even Shelema of the GR"A, and so on. Don't spend too much time on this. Your Yetzer Harah is trying to help you avoid the harder stuff by telling you how holy the Mussar is.
#5 Once you have a serious broad knowledge of all this, you can now study Jewish Law in depth, but get someone very qualified and capable to show you how.

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