Using Art Scroll

It’s interesting that Chafetz Chaim allows ArtScroll Gemaras inside the Beis Medrash. OTOH, I see that my comments re gaining textual fluency are not completely unfounded. I think that textual literacy means the basic ability to work at ease with the classical texts and understanding what is happening in a passuk with the classical Mfarshim and or a sugya based on the classical Rishonim and Acharonim. If you learn on the Daf Yomi level, you will discover that the same machlokes HaTanaim pops up many times and is the key to understanding many different questions raised in a particular masecta.

5 comments on “Using Art Scroll

  1. Ironic – I was surprised to see my brother using one in Chofetz Chaim yesterday, as well; but I quickly realized that for Bekius, especially, it often comes in quite handy. Good for CC (and my bro) for recognizing this.

  2. I’m not sure why this is even an issue. I know several Talmidei Chachomim,FFB, who regularly use Artscroll Gemorahs. The Rabbi who gives the Daf Yomi shiur in my old community uses it. He’s on at least his 3rd cycle of daf yomi and he gives the shiur at least 4 times a day.

  3. I was once learning with a chavrusah in a beis midrash and we had a question re: an issur melacha of shabbos. My chavrusa said, Hold on let me get Rabbi Chait’s Sefer. I was expecting him to return with a halacha sefer previously unknown to me, when he returned with the children’s book “The 39 Avoth Maelacha of Sahbbath” I almost fell off my chair.

  4. I don’t think anybody disagrees that gaining textual fluency is a very important goal. But that does not diminish the value of using Art Scroll when appropriate. I think it makes sense to let the individual or the Yeshiva make that decision of appropriateness.

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