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יערות דבש חלק ב, דרוש י״ג, לז׳ אדר, ד״ה ואמרינן בגמרא (מגלה יב) כה אמר ה׳ Here's a link to the page: http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=32683&hilite=b8eee4df-a3a0-4c9b-af99-91d992d48e4c&st=הפרסיים&pgnum=353


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Try Sefer Meori Ohr ספר מאורי אור. You can find it to read online at hebrewbooks.org


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Mishna B'rura 554:5 says one may not issue halachic rulings or hear a court case on 9 Av (when Torah study is forbidden) "because law is Torah". The same would seem to me to apply to practical-halacha books of te sort you mention, but, as always, consult your rabbi if this is a practical question for you.


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Since some information is better than no information.... Online, collected on the Jewish Book Review blog, I found several reviews of Shabbat, The Right Way, and Jewish Prayer, The Right Way. In general they were appreciative, though one or two noted places where Rabbi Simcha Cohen's conclusions were outside the flow of halachic opinion. I ordered Jewish ...


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This is found in Sha'arei K'dusha 1:2: והנה ענין המידות הן מוטבעות באדם בנפש השפלה הנקראת "יסודית", הכלולה מארבע בחינות, הדומם והצומחת והבהמית והמדברת. כי גם הן מורכבות מטוב ורע, והנה בנפש הזה תלויות המידות הטובות והרעות, והן כסא ויסוד ושורש אל הנפש העליונה השכלית, אשר בה תלויין תרי"ג מצות התורה כנזכר לעיל בשער ראשון. ולפיכך אין המידות מכלל התרי"ג מצות, ...


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As you had suggested in your comment, Pirkei Avot has numerous adages regarding ethical behavior, Torah study, etc. It is good, but for a beginner, not really focused on one specific area. I think that a better, more focused approach would be the beginning two sub-volumes in Rambam's (Maimonedes) Mishnah Torah - Sefer Mada, spec. Hilchot Yesodei Hatorah ...


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Text from the 1859 Leipzig edition: http://www.sefaria.org/Iggerot_HaRambam,_Iggeret_Kanaut



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