Daily Torah Study

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Order of the Day

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 bet midrash to learn is zoche to see the Shechina. [2]
  2. One should establish a set time to learn everyday that one will not allow to pass even if one stands to loose a lot. [3] Yet, someone who trusts Hashem (has Emunah) will certainly not loose money by learning as Hashem rewards doubly. [4]
  3. If one is forced and greatly pressured to miss his set time for learning, he should learn one pasuk or halacha [5] and make up the time for learning later in the day or at night. [6]

Those who aren't capable of studying

  1. Even someone who doesn’t know how to learn at all should walk to the Bet Midrash (when the Tzibbur sets time to learn) since one also gets reward for walking. [7] One also gets reward for staying in the Bet Midrash and also for hearing words of Torah [8]
  2. One who doesn’t know how to learn should support those who do and will get reward for their Torah like the deal between Yissachar and Zevulen. [9]
  3. Someone who know 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 as 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 here reward isn’t necessarily meant for this world.
  5. Magan Avraham 155:1 in name of Emek Bracha, Mishna Brurah 155:4, and Halacha Brurah 155:1
  6. Magan 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 couldn’t 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 he needs to go to business he 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 Beresheet Rabba 99:9.
  10. Halacha Brurah 155:6
  11. Pela Yoetz (Mareechet Yediha), quoted by Halacha Brurah 155:6.