In Eretz Yisrael to Learn Torah [#14518]

August 17, 2021


I am a baal teshuvah and recently came to Eretz Yisrael to learn Torah. I love to learn hashfakah and mussar and I am very into self-awareness and learning about the nefesh, and about pnimiyus etc. But I struggle with learning Gemara and I don’t find it enjoyable. What can I do to make my learning better?


You are praiseworthy for being zocheh to come to learn Torah in Eretz Yisrael. It is important that your basis should be learning Gemara b’iyun (in-depth) according to your level, and to go from sugya to sugya. And write down your summaries and conclusions of each sugya. Also, have fixed times every day for learning bekiyus (basic ubderstanding) so that you can learn and know perek after perek, and masechta after masechta. You can still be involved with developing your inner world of pnimiyus, but it must always be balanced with learning Gemara. And when it comes to learning about matters of pnimiyus as well, you should also write down your summaries and conclusions, on each topic you learn. “Chazak, chazak, alah v’hatzlach!” (“Be strong, be strong, rise and succeed!”)