Of course, it goes without saying that the rest of the year we should be doing “limud” – not just reading and turning the pages – when we are engaged in talmud Torah (and I probably need to take this to heart more than anyone else reading this.)
Monday, July 15, 2013
learning on 9 Av
My son asked me about learning a certain sefer on 9 Av on hil aveilus given that this sefer might count as more of iyun. I pointed him to the GR”A in siman 554 who is medayek that the shulchan aruch says that it is permissible “lilmod,” to learn -– not just to read -- things like eilu megalchim (hil aveilus) and midrash Eicha (see the Beis Yosef as well). The proof comes from a Yerushalmi in Shabbos (kol kisvei) that tells us of two of the Amoraim who were learning midrash Eicha on erev 9 Av which fell on Shabbos. They couldn’t finish that day so they said to each other, “Let’s pick up tomorrow.” The implication is that the limud of Tisha b’Av in midrash Eicha would be the same as that of Shabbos erev 9 Av – no difference in depth or analysis.