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The Talmud discusses Genizoth. I don't recall off-hand the context, but I remember learning a Gemara that said students of great sages in the Tannaic era, when writing Torah SheBe'Al Peh was prohibited, would take notes that they would later commit to memory before placing in Genizah. In addition (or in contrast, perhaps), if a scribe made an uncorrectable ...


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I was, for a while, unofficially in charge of my synagogue's library, and we had it organized as follows (as well as I can recall). The guiding principle was that things should be where people will look for them. Sidurim for daily use had their own section. (Sections, really, in more than one place in the room.) The non-standard ones, not used by most ...


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Rabbi Breitowitz's book: Between Civil & Religious Law: The Plight of the Agunah in American Society And later, Rabbi Broyde's: Marriage, Divorce, and the Abandoned Wife in Jewish Law


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I emailed R' Jeremy Meyerowitz, a Public Services Librarian at the JTS Library, and he provided the following information (edited for format and link styling): I would recommend the website of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). They have many resources to help different types of Jewish Libraries, including, shul libraries. They also have a ...


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This is a bit of a side point, but I think it really is a crucial aspect of organizing a useful shul library. If you want the library to have lasting value, you need to have a system in place for maintaining its order. If there is no such system, then people's use of the library (hopefully robust!) will result in increasing disorder over time, eliminating a ...


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This would not be prohibited through the laws of the land, since the First Sale Doctrine (17 United States code section 109(a))exhausts copyright lending laws at the point of sale. Normal copyright laws in halacha cover the profits from something, not the use of the object itself (Chasam Sofer Choshen Mishpat 49). Therefore, if you aren't profiting, it ...


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Libraries vary significantly from shul to shul based on the congregation but there are some standards that are common across the board and which would be missed if anyone tried to use the shul library for studying. Siddurim. These aren't really part of the library, but a basic necessity because most of your congregation will want something to pray out of. ...


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Yaakov Rosanes at Virtual Geula has a list of all active Israeli publishers of seforim as well as a lits of inactive publishers linked at the bottom of that page. If you are searching for rare or hard to find books that is the place to go.


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While I'm afraid I will be unable to provide a definitive source I believe that my hypothesis to answer the question @DoubleAA referenced in his comment is all but certainly applicable here: I am not certain but I suspect that it is simply a decorative practice. I believe I have seen it done on older, non-Jewish books and I assume that the practice ...


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A personal view. I do not want to expose my Jewish child to any knowledge of the particular ills of today's society except in order to warn them against such things and to educate them in the Jewish way. So in my education of my child, I would teach about drugs and alcoholism in the context of the commandment Kedoshim Tihiyu [You shall be holy] (Vayikra ...


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According to Rashi - and confirmed by the Maharsha (as pointed out by sam) - it's a collection of Oral Law passed down over the generations to explain דברי הימים - Chronicles. It was not a book detailing [then] current Yichus. Most of Chronicles consists of lists; these lists need explanation. E.g.: אָדָם שֵׁת, אֱנוֹשׁ This Pasuk (Chronicles I 1:1) ...



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