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# Chazal tell us that "regardless, if one brings a large Korban or a small one as long as one's intentions are for heaven one's korban is accepted." <ref> Menachot 110a </ref> The same idea applies to Torah study. One should learn as much as one can and that is precious in God's eyes as long as one's intentions are pure.<ref> Mishna Brurah 1:12 writes that this principle also applies to Torah learning. Halacha Brurah 1:11 concurs and writes that such is evident from [[Brachot]] 5b. </ref>
# If one likes to learn and really understands his learning, one can refrain from extending [[Tefillah]] and only say the portions that are obligatory. <ref> Eliyah Rabba 1:1, Lechem Chamudot ([[Brachot]] HaRoeh 84), Birkei Yosef 1:9, Mishna Brurah 1:12, Halacha Brurah 1:11, Kaf HaChaim 1:31. </ref>
# Someone who learns Torah purely for the sake of heaven is deserving of great rewards.<ref>Mishna Avot 6:1</ref> Even if a person finds himself encouraged to learn for ulterior reasons he should continue to learn and eventually reach the level of learning purely. <ref>Gemara Pesachim 50b</ref> Many emphasize that nowadays it is critical to start learning with an external motivation in order to overcome the Yetzer Hara and become involved in learning Torah<ref>[* Nefesh HaChaim (Shaar 3* ch. 1 s.v. vegam)]</ref> and once one is involved it'll help purify oneself.<ref>Gra (Mishlei 25:21) writes that even learning which is shelo lishma helps combat the yetzer hara.</ref>
==Tanach, Mishna, and Talmud==
# One should apportion one's time to study torah everyday into three, one portion for Tanach and some say it's commentaries, one portion for Mishna and Gemara, and one portion to analyze the primary ways the Torah is learnt so that one will know that which is forbidden and that which is permitted. After one grows in Torah one should review Tanach, Mishna, and Gemara, but focus on analyzing Torah. Some say that by learning Talmud Bavli one fulfills learning each area of Torah because the Bavli includes everything, nonetheless, certainly one must still know Tanach and Mishna. Some say that one should devote more time to Mishna than to Tanach and more time to Gemara than to Mishna each one according to its difficulty. <ref> See next footnote</ref>

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