Daily Torah Study

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Learning Torah Daily after Shacharit

Those Who Are Capable of Studying

  1. After Shacharit one should learn Torah [1] as Chazal say anyone who goes from the shul to the Bet Midrash to learn is zoche to see the Shechina. [2]
  2. One should establish a set time to learn every day, that one will not allow to pass even if one stands to lose a lot. [3] Yet, someone who trusts Hashem (has Emunah) will certainly not lose money by learning as Hashem rewards doubly. [4]
  3. If one is forced and greatly pressured to miss one's set time for learning, one should learn one pasuk or halacha. [5] and make up the time for learning later in the day or at night. [6]

Those Who Are Not Capable of Studying

  1. Even someone who does not know how to learn at all should walk to the Bet Midrash (when the Tzibbur sets a time to learn) since one also gets rewarded for walking. [7] One also gets reward for staying in the Bet Midrash and also for hearing words of Torah [8]
  2. One who does not know how to learn should support those who do and will get reward for their Torah like the deal between Yissachar and Zevulun. [9]
  3. Someone who knows how to learn Torah a little should learn what he understands rather than just read without any understanding. [10]
  4. Someone who can learn Torah and think of new ideas (Chiddushim), spending his time reading Tehilim or Zohar instead of in-depth study may be considered Bitul Torah. [11]

Sources

  1. S”A 155:1
  2. Brachot 64a based on Tehilim 84:8- “Vayalchu MeChayil El Chayil El Elohim Betzion”
  3. Tur and S”A 155:1. Gra 155:3 sources it in Gemara Sanhedrin 99bs which says that someone who learns inconsistently is compared to an adulteress wife, Mishna Brurah 155:5 sources it in the Yerushalmi Sotah Perek 9 , and Halacha Brurah (Shaare Tzion 155:2) adds that another source can be Yerushalmi Brachot (end of Brachot) that someone who learns inconsistently is violating the Brit Torah.
  4. Halacha Brurah 155:1; yet, as with the reward for all Mitzvot, the reward is not necessarily meant for this world.
  5. Magen Avraham 155:1 in name of Emek Bracha, Mishna Brurah 155:4, and Halacha Brurah 155:1
  6. Magen Giborim (Eleph HaMagen 155:3), Mishna Brurah 155:4, and Halacha Brurah 155:1 based on Eruvin 65a which says that Rav Acha would regularly learn a certain amount every day and when he could not because of business he would make it up at night. Mor Ukesiah writes similarly 155 that one should learn a fixed amount of time daily but if one learns at a certain time for different intervals everyday then if one needs to go to business one can make it up later that day or in the night.
  7. Rama 155:1 (explained by Mishna Brurah 155:7) based on Talmedei Rabbenu Yonah (Brachot 4a).
  8. Mishna Brurah 155:6 based on Devarim Rabba Ki Tetze, quoted in Halacha Brurah 155:6.
  9. Tur and S”A Y”D 246:6 based on Bereshit Rabba 99:9.
  10. Halacha Brurah 155:6
  11. Pela Yoetz (Mareechet Yediha), quoted by Halacha Brurah 155:6.