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What are some good resources for deciphering a Tosfos comment that I can't figure out?

Here is what I am looking for in a resource:

  • When Tosfos brings another gemoro this resource should provide an explanation of it without me having to look it up.

  • Unlike Artscroll, it shouldn't be just a summary of the Tosfos, but a full explanation of it.

  • And the most important it should be written by someone who really understands tosfos and gets it right.

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Not sure if this is helpful, but I have found that certain Tosafist pieces are difficult if you haven't learned, well, basically all of Talmud Bavli. –  Baby Seal Jun 13 at 17:14
    
@BabySeal thank you. That is what I am trying to get at here and finding it very difficult and that is what to do about it. Not many have learned all shas and that is why we have modern seforim today to help. –  preferred Jun 13 at 17:15
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@Baby Seal this question is not about how to learn tosfos but how to get help to learn tosfos. –  preferred Jun 13 at 17:28
    
Try שערי תוספות....found it here through Google....it's more or less exactly what you're describing, in Hebrew –  Shokhet Jun 13 at 17:37
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Not sure if this does exactly what you want, but could be useful: tosfos.com –  Shmuel Jun 13 at 21:34

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Try שערי תוספות....(found it here through Google, but most well-stocked seforim stores should carry it)....it's more or less exactly what you're describing; I've used it and it's very good [in Hebrew though].

You can also try tosfosinenglish.com and dafyomi.co.il's Point-by-point summary of Tosfos*. (I haven't used them, but my friends have; they look good)

@Shmuel pointed out another resource: tosfos.com; they look pretty good, but their selection appears to be more limited than the other sites mentioned here.

Good luck and much hatzlacha in your learning!


*They don't have a home page for Tosfos; you need to find the mesechta you need and click on Tosfos on the mesechta page.

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תוספות הרא״ש often (but certainly not always!) says the same thing as 'our' תוספות but wordier. This can help.

To your criteria:

  • When Tosfos brings another gemoro this resource should provide an explanation of it without me having to look it up. I don't think it meets this criterion; sorry. But I may be misremembering.
  • Unlike Artscroll, it shouldn't be just a summary of the Tosfos, but a full explanation of it. Yes, precisely: it is a more fully-worded of תוספות.
  • And the most important it should be written by someone who really understands tosfos and gets it right. Well, yeah: although, of course, it doesn't refer to 'our' תוספות, it would doubtless understand it if it had a copy. :-)
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Ah! Meant to put תוספות הרא״ש in my own answer...oh well. They are very useful, along with רבינו פרץ and רי"ד –  Shokhet Jun 24 at 4:49

ספר מי מנוחות is another resource though they don't cover the entire Shas.

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