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Learning Halahca


Rabbi David Sperling

Iyyar 26, 5779
Please advise me how to learn Halacha every day, and how to do it properly?
Shalom, Thank you for your question. Learning Torah is one of the loftiest commands that a Jew has. Indeed, as your question points out, there is a daily command to study Torah. So, with that in mind, your desire to learn Torah daily is certainly a great thing. The study of halacha in particular is also very important. Without studying halacha – Jewish law – one will not know how to act as a Jew, and fulfill the commandments. So, here too your desire is in the right place. The question now is what you should study. This will depend greatly on your level of knowledge, and how much time you can invest. The ideal would be to find a Rabbi who you can learn from, and who will be able to direct you to the right study material for your level. Nearly every synagogue has study groups open to the public. So, my first advice is to contact your local Orthodox Rabbi and find out where you can find a class to join (believe me – he will be more than happy to help you!). Next, may I suggest that you start by learning a small section of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch each day. This work, (“The concise code of Jewish law” by Rav Gansfried) can by found in English online (at the Sefaria website, or the site). I am sure that by learning a small piece each day your knowledge will grow, and you will become more able to live a full Jewish life. When learning this book, it is important to be connected to a real live Jewish practicing community. You will read laws, but until you see how they are lived they will remain not fully understood. So, together with learning halacha each day from a book, you would be well advised to learn halacha each day from being around religious Jews from whom you can learn from in real time. Blessings.
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