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The only question that I'm going to answer directly is number 2, since I heard directly from my Rebbi that it is 100% permissible (unfortunately, I can't quote it in his name since I didn't get his permission to use his name on this site, but I'll say that he's a well respected Musmach from Yeshivas Chafetz Chaim). He said that given the limited number of ...


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Yes. Here is a page from Eichlers full of Jewish comic books


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בס"ד Ownership In regards to whether you have ownwership with a rental. The entirety of the hotel belongs to the owner of the hotel, including the rooms that we, the guests are renting from the owner, so when I carry around the hotel I am carrying within the property of that owner. The room I rent in the hotel is not my property unless it is a long ...


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Rashi in Pesachim 56a writes that Sefer HaRefuos was hidden because their hearts were not humbled over their illness but were, rather, healed immediately. Rambam in Peirush Hamishna (Pesachim 4:10) rejects this approach arguing that just as one may not hold back food from the hungry, so too one may not withhold healing from the ill. Instead, Rambam writes ...


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This is from an old Jewish Polish folk tale. A man's house is too crowded, so the rabbi tells him to bring in all his animals, one species at a time. When there are no more to being in, he tells him to take them all out. All of a sudden, the house feels so much roomier, despite staying exactly the same. Links: ...


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This is from R' Chaim Friedlander's Sifsei Chaim al haMo'adim (vol. 1), in his discourse on R' Elazar ben Durdaya's epiphany (Avoda Zara 17a), "The matter depends only on me" ("אין הדבר תלוי אלא בי"): שמעתי בשם אדם גדול שלמד ממעשה של ר"א בן דורדיא הערה נפלאה, והוא יסוד גדול בכוחות הנפש של האדם: טבעו של האדם, כשאינו שבע רצון ממצבו הרוחני נוהג הוא להשקיט ...


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As Rashi explains in ברכות on 10b and in פסחים on 56a: שגנז ספר רפואות לפי שלא היה לבם נכנע על חולים אלא מתרפאין מיד People would not take the illness as a stimulus to do Teshuva, rather they would immediately look up the cure - and lose the divinely-sent lesson of the illness.


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The oldest actual manuscript fragment appears to be the Cairo Genizah scroll fragment (in the Cambridge University Library Genizah collection) studied by Professor Shamma Friedman containing the Bavli's Chullin 101a - 105a. Opinions to the exact date vary, from "at latest 7th century(600's CE)" to Dr. Stephan Reif's estimate of around 750 CE. A picture and ...


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I got My First Parsha Reader when i was around 5, and has been passed down through the siblings, with everyone getting something out of it. It's geared for children 3-8, but i think that a 2 year old should still be able to appreciate some of the things when you read it to her. It is in English. It contains summaries of each parsha, picking out things that ...


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We have "Tell me the story of the Parsha." (I got it for much cheaper in a store in Brooklyn) First off, it is laminated! So no kids turning pages or spilling on it will ruin it! But in terms of content, it has a nice synopsis of the main story of the Parsha, incorporating midrashim to a degree, with colorful pictures. It introduces my son to the stories ...


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Although there is a prohibition to read books about idolatry or even say their names (Rambam Avodah Zara 2:3), R. Moshe Feinstein (Y.D. II 53) has stated that, like in other halakhos of Avodah Zara, we need not be concerned if that form of idol worship has been annulled (which in this context means that nobody worships it anymore). While there's no ...


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Rabbi Abraham Twerski has written many books that might be of the type that you need. Check out the list of books and videos at his web site to see if they are what you need. GuardUrEyes A website for Jews struggling to maintain their moral purity in today's world


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A couple of options that have worked for me in the past: Ebay is your friend. I'm currently seeing a few dozen single volumes for sale there, although obviously the selection will fluctuate. I've had good luck getting single volumes at used book sales and used book stores. Stores that focus exclusively on new books won't be much help here. What metro area ...


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Assuming that you know 100% a non-Jew will be on duty, and assuming that scanning books is forbidden on Shabbat. I think it would depend: If you have to have the book returned by Shabbat - or else incur a fine - then you are essentially asking the non-Jew to process your book now. Asking, hinting or otherwise getting a non-Jew to do work for you on ...


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It is found in the commentary of the S'fas Emes on Avos 4:2: אא"ז ז"ל פי'… ע"פ המשנה אם אין אני לי כו' שיש לכל איש ישראל דבר מיוחד שאין אחר יכול לתקנו רק הוא וכמו כן לכל שעה דבר מיוחד שא"י לתקנו רק בשעה זו... English: My grandfather gave an explanation of the midrash on B'chukosai1 (ויקרא רבה לה:א), in accordance with the mishna, "If I am not for ...


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"Uh-uh, not now," said the cow. Hard to get now, unfortunately, but truly a unique book in that it gives you the opportunity to make animal sounds with the child while emphasizing the value of Shabbos. Most anything else illustrated by Norman Nodel targeted at the young age market (few words per page) is going to be great.


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Try bookfinder.com I've used them for years (mostly for English titles, but some Hebrew seforim). Got vol 2 of Alei Shur for 15 bucks with free shipping from England to Chicago.


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Another good reference, although scarce today, would be Abraham Baer's בעל תפלה oder Der Praktische Vorbeter.


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The text is called Sfat Emet Siftei Kohen (שפת אמת שפתי כהן), and it was authored by R' Bentzion HaKohen. You can find copies for purchase here and here, although I regret that it's nearly impossible to find anything about it. It has nothing to do with the Gerrer Rebbe, and the pronunciation for which it serves as a guide has nothing to do with Gerrer ...


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I have a set of Mishnah Brurah from my great grandfather (I use his picture in my signature) with the Chofetz Chaim's notation "mugah" (checked) written in it. The problem with heirloom seforim is that, if they are used to learn from, they will get tattered from being used so much, no matter how careful one is. If they are in fine condition, that could mean ...


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All types of religious articles are commonly passed onto descendants - candle sticks, tallitot, tefillin, etc. Books are probably the most important items to pass on. My father left me his siddur and my grandfather left me his set of Ramba"m's Mishneh Torah. (I don't recall the publisher, but it's a pretty well-known set. Has a tan front with black siding. ...


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As sam said in the comments "If it takes away someone's mind from aveilus then it should not be done,just like working on Tisha bav even after chatzos see Shulchan Aruch 554:22 with the Mishna Brurah there" So since it most probably would take your mind off aveilus the answer is you are not allowed to.


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I do not have a Jewish self-help recommendation for you at the moment, but I can share a source for a Jewish perspective on Christianity to "inoculate" yourself before venturing to read "Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them". Chapters 71 and 72 of "Jewish Literacy" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin gives an Orthodox Jewish response to some of the more ...


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The ArtScroll "Stone Edition" Pentateuch has spaces in it to record family members' yahrzeits. I've no doubt this is in order that purchasers might implement the custom you mention.


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As a parent of a nice bunch of children these have been my kids favorites at the age of 2. The Very Best Place for a Penny by Dina Rosenfeld - about Tzedaka Get Ready for Shabbos with Mendel by Naftali Cisner - about Shabbos Dovy and the Surprise Guests by Goldie Golding - about Hachnosas Orchim & Shabbos Let's go to Shul by Rikki Berenfeld - about ...


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Online you can contact http://www.jewishusedbooks.com/ which sells individual volumes. In Lakewood there is a Sefarim store in the basement of the Capital Hotel that sells used Sefarim and sells many individual volumes.


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If you live in NYC, Beigeleisen (sp?) on 16th avenue in Brooklyn, and the other store two doors down from them (forget the name) both sell used sefarim out-of-set.


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It's all hotel property (or it may even belong to some religious group, not the hotel), not yours. So it's not your problem. The best thing to do is just ignore it. Here's a quick test: if you were out at a conference and lightning struck the hotel room and burned it down, would the hotel expect you to pay for a new bible? Of course not! (If you damaged ...


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Asimov's Guide to the Bible by Isaac Asimov takes an academic view but includes information about both miraculous and mundane archaeology. He does invoke rabbinical sources and I was surprised that certain things are actually supported. Og's bed, for example, is indeed visible to this day.


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The Riddle of the Exodus by James Long adheres fairly well to Orthodox religious beliefs (it was recommended to me by an Orthodox Rabbi), and discusses much of the relevant archaeology. The book's focus is, like the title, on the Exodus: showing that the decline of the great empire of Egypt corresponds with the time of the Biblical story of its destruction ...



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