Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Starting From The Beginning

Excerpt from an e-mail:

"In my experience people who learn seforim according to the parsha seldom if ever finish them. It is my humble opinion that to understand any sefer you need to have the whole picture if front of you. As the Gemara says "Torah teachings are poor in places and rich in other." This is specially true of the early Chassidishe seforim where the authors keep sending you to earlier or later references."


At October 6, 2010 at 1:27:00 PM EDT, Blogger Shmuel said...

I often find myself reading collections of essays backwards (in reverse order, not literally). As for seforim, sometimes the only way to actually learn the sefer properly is in order, such as Bilvavi or one of Reb Kalonymos Kalman's seforim. Otherwise, I hop around as well; the only issue is making sure that you're starting at an appropriate place...

At October 6, 2010 at 8:08:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dan said...

I tend to read most of my Seforim in order. I might jump around if I am looking for a specific peace of information. For instance, before I had started to learn Likutey Etziot, I would often jump to the part on Shabbos, (same with Sefer HaMiddot) and just learn that, but in short I only jump around if I am looking for specific points.


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