Learning Toldos Yaakov Yosef - Step 1
When I asked my friend Nochum, who has learned Toldos Yaakov Yosef for many years, how he approached learning this extremely difficult sefer, he responded:
"My advice if you want to enter the world of the Toldos is to learn a lot of Sefer Baal Shem Tov al Hatorah, and go back and forth using his extensive footnotes. After a few years of that Toldos will become more understandable."
Similarly, A Yid also noted that he found Sefer Baal Shem Tov to be very useful and remarked,
"When learning it one has try to refer to sources, because it often takes quotes out of context leaving the reader to research the rest himself."
Starting last week, I have incorporated learning Sefer Baal Shem Tov, along with these useful English translations, into my weekly learning seder. As I wrote recently,
"If a musician finds that he is inspired by another musician he would be wise to determine who that musician's musical influences were and to listen to them as well. "