A Limud is a learning gathering, preferably having a minjan, which can be organized at various occasions. Although we will, for convenience reasons, use the word Limud on this website, a Limud is called a “Lezing”, a Dutch word meaning “reading”. In some of the old booklets it is called a “Keri’ah”, the Hebrew word for “reading”.
There are two types of occasions to organize a “Lezing”:
Both types have the same structure: portions of Tora, Nevi’im, ketuvim and a few Mishnayot are being recited. The texts of the Communal Limud are fixed. The texts of the private Limud are not. There are “default suggested texts”, but these can be adapted to specific situations when appropriate.
Originally, the Limud ended with texts taken from the Zohar. After Sabatai Zvi, these were, for obvious reasons, skipped. In recent printings the Zohar texts are omitted all together.
The Private Limud starts with an introduction and has connecting texts between the parts. The Communal Limud seems not to have had these, but it became custom to add them too, at least on 15 Shevat.
We have a Limud for the following occasions:
Until the 1990’s booklets for the
Limud where almost not available, either because they did not exist, or because
they were very rear. One would go to a Limud with a Tanach and Mishanyot. There
were sheets showing what would be read and where to find (most of) the texts in
the Tefillot, in case one didn’t bring his own books. Nowadays, for almost any
Private Limud booklets are printed, usually adapted to the occasion. For the
Communal Limud only the 15 Shevat booklet has been reprinted in 1974. The rest
have been photocopied.
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