Question:

A baal teshuva who BH has made great progress in learning, especially in the realm of practical halacha, but he does not read Hebrew or even know the aleph-beis so well – which is preferable: that he should shteig in learning (halacha, etc.) and invest his efforts in learning Torah, which he BH has great geshmak from, or that he should put aside time that he could be learning and instead work and invest his efforts into learning to read Hebrew, a task that he does not particularly enjoy?

Answer:

He should take off some time, not all of his time, to learn Hebrew. Otherwise he will remain handicapped, and won’t be able to really grow and enjoy the torah the way it can be enjoyed.

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