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I forget who told me this, but I heard that Tomer Devorah is traditionally studied in the month of Elul. I've been told that the Bobover Rebbe told his chassidim to learn Tomer Devorah this year, and that Rav Moshe Wolfson told his Kehilla the same a few years back. This practice makes sense, because the first chapter of Tomer Devorah is about Hashem's 13 ...


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Shulchan Aruch HaRav writes (O.C. 429): חכמים הראשונים תקנו בזמן שבית המקדש היה קיים שיתחילו הדרשנים לדרוש ברבים הלכות הרגל שלשים יום לפני הרגל דהיינו ... ומי"ד באלול ואילך ידרשו הלכות החג ... ותקנה זו לא נתבטלה מישראל אף לאחר שחרב בית המקדש ... והעיקר לדרוש ולהורות להם דרכי ה' וללמד להם המעשה אשר יעשון ולא כמו שנוהגין עכשיו ובדורות הללו שאין החכם ...


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Before you mentioned the English requirement, I would have suggested the articles published here, and since they're good articles, I'm going to keep them as part of the answer anyway. Additionally, in Hebrew, there is the great book by Yisrael Yuval, חכמים בדורם... but since you're looking for books in English, I'm afraid the only one that I know of is ...


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I know many Yeshivas where the Rosh Yeshiva interrupts his regularly scheduled programming of a vaad or whatever public mussar seder he has to go through Shaarei Teshuva of Rabbeinu Yona during Elul. I know the Rosh Yeshiva of Passaic (R' Meir Stern) used to do this for his machshava chabura, but I don't know if he still does. In Ner Israel, the Rosh ...


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Rabbi Yosef Ber Soleveitchik would teach Likkutei Torah from the Ba'al HaTanya during Elul in preparation for Rosh Hashana. The relevant Ma'amarim start in Parshas Reih and continue from there. I haven't been able to find someone who reports specifically what from there he would learn with his students.


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I saw that the Rosh Yeshiva of Kise Rachamim in Jerusalem Rabbi Meir Mazuz wrote that it is't considered a legitimate book and one who have it should put it in Gniza. (The book is ארים ניסי on Yevamot page שסב) Reb Nachman Breslover wrote in 'Likutey Moharane': (לה) אָמַר סֵפֶר רָזִיאֵל אֵינוֹ מֵאָדָם הָרִאשׁוֹן וְלֹא זֶהוּ הַסֵּפֶר שֶׁנָּתַן הַמַּלְאָךְ ...


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One year in high school, my rebbi taught our class Hilchos Teshuva from the Rambam during the month of Elul.


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Maybe this link would be helpful: Its not scanned, so I dont know how reliable it is, but it seems like they typed all the Ba'al Shem Tov on the Torah text to this page... Hope it helps :)


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I've just started writing such an English work on Tosfos. My first Sefer is on Sukka 2a-11a available on tosfos.ecwid.com for only $2.49. If I have some success I'll continue. I currently have the rest of the first Perek and Elu Metzios almost ready to come out, but needs to be edited. I write the Gemara in regular font and Tosfos in bold so one can read ...


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Chovos HaLevovos – Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Paquda (Early 11th Century). Arguably the most important mussar work of all time, the Chovos HaLevovos is divided into ten Shearim (“Gates”). For Ellul perhapes Shaar HaTeshuva (“Gate of Repentance”) – on repentance. Shaar Cheshbon HaNefesh (“Gate of Self-Accounting”) – on the importance of introspection and ...


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I am learning Nesiv HaTeshuva, by the Maharal. Nesivos Olam is the Maharal's "mussar sefer" according to his introduction, and Nesiv HaTeshuva is the section about teshuva. It talks about the nature of Teshuva, and is therefore helpful in appreciating the significance of Teshuva.


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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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Seemingly not. The Hebrew and English Wikipedia articles say that תורה קוואל and its translation מעינה של תורה cover the parashiyos and haftaros, implying that those are the only sections. Those are all hebrewbooks.org has, too.


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There are cases where you can use a sefer for not learning for example you can use another sefer (of equal or less kedusha) to raise the height of the sefer one is learning from. However I couldn't find anything that said specifically that you can't take out a sefer and not learn from it. In general we should be sure to show great honor and reverence to ...


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Yes! I have always found קובץ ראשי תיבות וקיצורים and אוצר ראשי תיבות (free older print on HebrewBooks) to be extremely useful in breaking down roshei teivos that I did not understand. Additionally, while I haven't used them at all (and therefore can't vouch for their reliability/usefulness), these websites (1, 2) from a Google search may also be of use 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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Mishna Brura סימן צו ס"ק ז: " נפל ספר על הארץ ואינו יכול לכוין מותר להגביהו כשיסיים הברכה שהוא עומד בה ואי לא"ה לא יפסיק ". It says that only if you can't keep on focus the prayer you need to pick it up immediately, but by the way we learn that you should pick it up immediately if it's not during a prayer. To kiss it is a 'Hidur'. BTW, Sefer Hasidim says ...


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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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As far as I know the Beth Yosef was published while Rabbi Moshe Isserles was at work on the Darkhei Moshe (Haaroch), when he recognized that Rabbi Yosef Karo's commentary to the Tur largely met his objectives, Rabbi Moshe Isserles published the Darkhei Moshe in a modified form- Darkhei Moshe Hakatsar, Only things that the Beth Yosef didn't already commented ...


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We have an online ספרי קודש Store called The Jewish Bookshelf, and we received a payment from a Professor from Egypt that bought a number of religious books. We wasn't sure but the name wasn't Avraham/Ytshak/Yaakov/David... It wasn't a very jewish name. We asked Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Hacohen Aviner, and he ruled not to sell him the books, so we refund him and ...



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