The Mishna in Pirkei Avos (3:8) makes a surprisingly ominous statement: Anyone who forgets a piece of Torah that he learned is K'ilu Mischayev B'Nafsho - as if he's liable to be put to death! While that of course doesn't mean every single one of us should be put to death for the masses of Torah we've alreay forgotten, it definitely illustrates the importance we're meant to assign to remembering what we learn. The Mishna then adds a corollary: this doesn't apply if the forgetting is caused by Ones, rather than neglect, which should yield a sigh of relief. How many of us have ever actively decided a piece of Torah wasn't important enough to justify taking up grey matter and consciously removed it from memory? But Rabbeinu Yonah puts us back on the hot seat: Since everyone knows that without proper Chazara, you will almost definitely forget what you learned, failing to review is considered intentional forgetting. In other words, writing notes and Chazara are important; 'nuff said.
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