Chapter: 10 – Birkot HaTorah – The Blessings on the Torah

01 – The Value of Birkot HaTorah

After the Land of Israel was destroyed, and the nation of Israel was exiled, a major question arose, reflected in the words of the prophet (Jeremiah 9:11): “Why has the land been destroyed?” Certainly, everyone knew that we were exiled … Continue reading

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02 – The Content of the Torah Blessings and the Ruling Regarding Ahavat Olam

Birkot HaTorah are comprised of three parts. In the first part, we bless Hashem who sanctified us with His mitzvot and commanded us to occupy ourselves with the study of Torah. In the second, we request that the Torah, which … Continue reading

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03 – Is the Recital of Birkot HaTorah a Biblical Commandment?

“Rav Yehudah says in the name of Rav, where do we learn that [the obligation to] recite a blessing prior [to learning Torah] is biblical? As it is written (Deuteronomy 32:3), ‘When I proclaim Hashem’s Name, ascribe greatness to our … Continue reading

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04 – Before What Type of Learning Must the Berachot Be Recited?

One must recite Birkot HaTorah before learning any part of the Torah (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, 47:2). In other words, even one who only intends to learn Midrash or halachah on a particular day must recite Birkot HaTorah at the … Continue reading

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05 – Birkot HaTorah for the Whole Day

Birkot HaTorah are recited in the morning in conjunction with the recital of Birkot HaShachar, and they encompass all learning performed throughout that day. Even if a person goes to eat and to work afterwards, he does not need to … Continue reading

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06 – Is Sleep Considered an Interruption Regarding Birkot HaTorah?

The poskim are divided as to whether sleep is considered a break after which it is necessary to repeat the recital of Birkot HaTorah. According to most Rishonim, among them the Rosh, a person’s regular sleep in his bed is … Continue reading

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07 – One Who Was Awake All Night

According to the Rosh and most of the Rishonim, one who was awake all night, as on Shavuot night, may not recite Birkot HaTorah before Shacharit, because as long as he did not interrupt by sleeping, the previous day’s Birkot … Continue reading

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