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Learning Torah L’Shma

Torah L'Shma Introductory Note Our Sages[1] have greatly commended one who learns Torah לשמה-Lishmo-literally, for its own sake.[2] Many times in the Talmud [Pesachim 50b, Nazir 23b, Horiyos 10b, Sotah 22b, Sotah 47a, Sanhedrin 105b, Erchin 16b] they have stated that one should always learn Torah, even if it not Lishmo, for through this one will eventually reach Lishmo. The goal, though, is total Lishmo. Tw ...

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Enjoyment from Torah

Does the MB siman 53 s`k 35 mean to say one should not give shiurim (etc.) if one has personal satisfaction from it? Answer: The source for the Mishna Brura is the Sefer Chasiddim. A slightly different version of the story appears in Avos D'Rebbi Nosson Chapter 38. There it is clear that what Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was being punished for was not deriving pleasure and satisfaction from Torah. Rather that t ...

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