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Highly recommended is The Living Torah by the late Rabbi Arye Kaplan. It's translated into modern English - no thee, thy and thou. He brings numerous interpretations in the footnotes where available. He has broken each chapter into sub-chapters - each with its own heading. He brings lots of maps and charts and images. Apparently it's online here. ...


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


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For a Jewish translation of Nach (Tanach minus the Five Books of Moses) with a compendium of commentaries, I recommend the Judaica Press Prophets and Writings1. I have found that its English summary of commentaries on each verse reliably includes readable paraphrases or direct translations of the most interesting or useful comments of the classical ...


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You might want to check out the ArtScroll Stone Chumash (no, it's not written on rocks). It contains all of the Torah in Hebrew with a translation, plus Rashi in Hebrew. But what really makes it good for you is the rest of the commentary. They anthologize a whole bunch of the classic Rabbinic commentaries, in English. They of course cite whoever they are ...


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As noted in this answer, the Stone Chumash is a good starting point. It brings classical Jewish commentaries, verse by verse. This is one example of a category. A chumash is an edition of the five books of torah with (Jewish) commentaries. Lots of editors have published them; the commentaries included vary. (A book that included all the commentaries ...


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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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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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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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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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There are a number of works about Acher, from the historical-fiction to the scholarly and Hebrew. In addition to the books I mentioned in the comments above, various books by Robert Chazan discuss the medieval figures you mention.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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The tags are probably not muktze machmat chesron kis. In order for something to attain that status of muktze, it usually must be quite valuable (ex. a brit milah knife, etc.) so that the only conceivable thing you could do with the object is either prohibited or just not use it at all. (Shulchan Aruch Siman 308.1) It appears to me however that it does fit ...


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Even according to those who view lighting and extinguishing incandescent light (and comparable electric devices) to be a violation of mavir and mechabeh or boneh and soser, and, resultingly, the light itself, at least in the unlit state,is muktzeh for lack of a shabbos use, it's hard to think of what would be the problem of using a book that has a passive ...


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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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Birkhot Shamayim by Rabbi Yosef Dweck provides an index of what Berachot to make on which foods, and the Sephardi laws of Berakhot.


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The Outsider's Guide to Orthodox Judaism by Rabbi Arnie Singer - Link: http://www.amazon.com/Outsiders-Guide-Orthodox-Judaism/dp/0615211364/



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