Monday, December 05, 2005

my yichud room: A Relevant Halacha (to me at least)

my yichud room: A Relevant Halacha (to me at least)
The Gemara in Masechet Eruvin (Daf 54) discusses the importance of studying Torah verbally, rather than simply reading the material with one's eyes. To retain Torah knowledge, the Gemara explains, one must ensure that the information is absorbed throughout his body, which one accomplishes by vocalizing the words as he studies. The Shulchan Aruch Ha'Rav (code of law written by Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi, first Rebbe of Lubavitch) goes so far as to say that one who learns silently has not fulfilled the obligation of Torah learning at all. Since this obligation is presented in the Torah with the words, "Ve'dibarta Bam" ("And you shall speak in them"), it demands that one actually speak in matters of Torah, rather than just read them

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