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There are several factors to be considered to determine whether or not Harry Potter would be liable to prosecution under the witchcraft clause. Is he Jewish? Regarding his Jewishness, as noted the evidence suggests he is Christian, although this does not preclude him from theoretically being descended from Jews (especially given Rowling's statement that ...


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You are probably looking for Challenge: Torah Views on Science and Its Problems, edited by R' Aryeh Carmell and Dr. Cyril Domb in association with the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, published by Feldheim in 1976 (1st edition) and 1988 (2nd edition).


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R. David Cohen (of Cong. Gvul Yaavetz in Brooklyn) has a series of seforim consisting of unanswered questions titled ואם תאמר (I-IV, V, VI). The author of the Chelkas Yoav has a book of (103) unanswered questions called קבא דקשייתא.


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Aruch Hashulchan Orach Chaim 14:13 quotes the rama that it is forbidden to read someone else's books without permission. However he goes on to say that just to look at it shortly is something which we permit. לעיין בעלמא נוהגים היתר


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The Pines translation is the best. Better than the ibn Tibbon translation by far. Unless you are history scholar, there is no reason to ever need to read this version. If you want to study it in Hebrew, the only edition worth reading is the Qafih edition. That's actually true of any of the rambam's works. The best place to start is where the rambam says, ...


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If you want used, also try ebay. There are a few Judaica sellers on there and you can get stuff relative inexpensively. This seller is the biggest.


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Igeres Haramban read and studied once a week has helped me for many years.


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On the compilation of Bavli Talmud, see "The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud" by Jacob Neusner and on Yerushalmi, see "A Guide to the Jerusalem Talmud" by Heshey Zelcer. Both of them provide a valuable source to its world and composition. On the context, history and its sources see "The Sages (4 volumes)", by Rabbi Binyamin Lau. It covers many aspects of ...


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Someone asked this to Rav Meir Mazuz Shlita here: אשתי מורה ועושה תואר שני בתנ"ך במכללה דתית [מהזרם הציוני דתי]. במהלך אחד הקורסים, נתבקשו ע"י מרצה אחד, לקרוא מאמר של שפינוזה. וכן דברו שם על בקורת המקרא. כששאלה אשתי את המרצה [חובש הכיפה] שידוע שהרבנים אוסרים לשמוע דברים מסוג זה, אמר: איפה הרב עובדיה [שליט"א] פוסק שאסור? האם אפשר לקבל מקורות לאיסור? [גם ...


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For the sake of simplicity, I'll assume that the books in question are considered some form of 'Learning Torah'. Biographies of Rabbis are very likely a form of learning Torah (granted, definitely a 'lighter learning' than say, a Daf Gemara), and depending on how the history of the Holocaust is written, it could also be considered learning as well. For the ...


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To provide a couple more examples: Da'as T'vunos by the Ramchal (mid-18th century)1 explores fundamental topics of Jewish thought in the style of a master-student dialogue between the intellect and the soul. Ammudei Beis Y'huda by Yehuda Hurwitz (1766)2 uses a narrative approach involving discussions between two Jewish sages and an intelligent aborigine ...


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There is a slightly older series of books by R Ezriel Tauber in the same style of an older Rav teaching through questions and answers. Although the style is very readable, the answers are very profound. See the full list here and here, key ones I read and liked were Choose Life!: The Purpose of Creation as the Key to Happiness, Meaning, Life To Become One:...


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Proper respect for Jewish Holy books, as documented in Jewish Law: Holy Books are always placed right side up; not upside down. They need to be turned right-side up, if found otherwise. Holy Books are not to be placed - when open - on their print.(A popular way to keep the place when the book is open.) One does not place Holy Books inside other books as a ...


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3 Enoch is known in Jewish tradition under the name Sefer Hekhaloth. It is part of a wider body of texts known as Hekhaloth literature. This book is now considered one of the primary texts of kabbalah though it is technically, like Sefer Yesirah, pre-kabbalah and subject to interpretations that don't necessitate a kabbalistic metaphysic. At the time it was ...


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Sifrey is a plural. You can see in Rishonim that they quote The Mechilta DeRashbi also as "Sifrey". סתם ספרי רבי שמעון (Sanhedrin 86a) Rav wrote Sifra and Sifrey. Sifre is generally according to RaShBY opinion. see here in wikipedia. The main book (the largest) is on Vaykra, it is Called "The" book, Sifra. Sifrey, the remaining books of Rav on Bamidbar, ...


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According to the listing from Wikipedia, it was written in the 13th century. It's author is unknown. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sefer_Nizzahon_Yashan The claim is that based on style of language, it probably originated in Germany. From the time frame, it sounds like it followed on the heels of the notorious 'Disputation of Paris' which took place ...


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According to Wikipedia: Sefer Nizzahon Yashan (ספר ניצחון) "The (old) Book of Victory" is an anonymous 13th Century Jewish apologetic text originating in Germany. The name "old" (Hebrew yashan, Latin vetus) is attached to distinguish the work from Yom-Tov Lipmann-Muhlhausen of Prague's work of the same name, Sefer Nizzahon, written between 1401-1405. It is ...


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Lehmanns have 12955 miscellaneous seforim and 1166 published by 'Oz VeHadar'. That doesn't count over 4000 in English. I cannot help on popularity.


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Three more suggestions relevant to your quest R Meir Zvi Bergman's Gateway to the Talmud (artscroll) This is a wonderful introduction to the Talmud. This volume is only 154 pages, in easy to read font, so it is only a gate, but what a gate! It describes the historical development of Talmudic study, the differences between the Jerusalem and the ...


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This is an active area of academic research. If you go to this website from UCL and search for "Talmud" you will find a list of books and articles on the subject, which form a reading list for a course. Of course, you won't expect these sources to agree with each other in all matters.


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Rabbi Triebitz has a 20 part series on this, on Hashkafacircle, here. It should be noted that some of his ideas are non-standard.


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Rav Saadiah Gaon used to study parts of the Koran: Prof. Meir Bar Asher gave a lecture regarding Saadia Gaon and the Quran at the Bernard Revel Graduate School. An article about that lecture can be found here. Below is a summary of the lecture: Saadia’s endeavor to harmonize the Hebrew Bible with reason is not unlike similar Muslim attempts—through ...


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What happened was that R. Azaryah de Rossi was in the right place at the wrong time. He openly scrutinized non-halakhic parts of Chazal, such as historical components. This is totally consistent with the general attitude of all known Geonim including R. Sa’adya Gaon, Rav Sherira Gaon, Rav Shmuel bar Chofni Gaon, and Rav Hai Gaon, who do not look at ...



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