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#1 yid



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Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:54 AM

I started learning gemorah after high school. I still struggle with vocabulary and grammer (always had a very hard time with languages now less so then when i was younger). In yeshiva the focus was always gemorah. I felt that I should first get pretty good at chumsh and maybe rashi... mishna.... halachah before spending many weeks on a few daf that i likely wont remember much of or be able to learn on my own in the future.

I'm now married and have been facing this for a while. Wondering what I should do. work on halacha, vocab ?

#2 Rabbi Shapiro

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:06 PM

Halachah and Hashkafa first. Those are priority. You can do these in English, no problem. The main thing is that you know the content.

Then start with Mishnayos. Chumash Rashi also. In Loshon HaKodesh, with a translation. And a Chavrusa, if at all possible. Pay attention to the translation of the words as you are learning, That is the best way to increase your vocabulary. After a while, you can start with Gemora. But don't rush. Hashem made you with your own job in this world, and you should feel nothing but total pride in fulfilling it.

Make believe you were the only person on earth. Nobody out there learning Gemora, or anything else for that matter. That is how you should look at yourself here. You're not in competition with anybody. You are your own person, and you have your own mission. Take it one step at a time.