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Assume I have the following books and no room to store them standing up. Being a good Jew, you know that the holier books go on top of those of lesser holiness. Here are 10 books: 1) Gemara Kesubos; 2) a siddur, 3) Sefer B'reshis with Rashi's commentary; 4) an Art Scroll Chumash; 5) Sefer Yehoshua; 6) a Mishna Brurah volume; 7) Mesilas Yesharim; 8) Mishna Shabbos; 9) Igras Moshe; and 10) Mesekes Shekalim (Jerushalmi Talmud). Put them in order of holiness top to bottom and explain why.

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Slightly overlapping: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15064/1569. Very overlapping (duplicate?): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4683/1569. –  b a Jan 17 '13 at 2:21
    
Trick question: they all have the same kedusha! –  Double AA Jan 17 '13 at 2:36
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Aside from the rule that Chumashim go on Nach (which probably includes the siddur if it has sefer Tehillim in it) and Nach goes on other sefarim, you should consider the stability of the stack itself. If your stack is wider at the top, it may topple onto the floor, which itself presents a halachic concern (see Rama YD 282:7). –  Fred Jan 17 '13 at 2:54
    
Bear in mind that some of these texts (like the siddur) contain sections from the Torah which are long enough that they would require burial. A gemara, by contrast, could be thrown in the bin. (I'm not suggesting that you through your used gemaras in the bin, only that you wouldn't be guilty of anything if you did. My source for this, by the way, is Rabbi Dovid Fink.) –  Shimon bM Jan 17 '13 at 3:03
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@ShimonbM You would be guilty of disrespecting the Torah. No worse than spitting at a Torah Scroll even if your saliva doesn't erase God's name. –  Double AA Jan 17 '13 at 5:22
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I would agree in principle with double AA in that "they all have the same kedusha", but would add a practical component. In stacking the books in a specific order based purely on content, you could end up with larger books stacked on smaller books thus increasing the probabiltiy that the whole stack will fall over on to the floor which I would think is a bigger issue. It would make more sense to insure a stable stack to avoid this situation.

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