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The Shulchan Aruch was written by Rabbi Yosef Karo in the mid-sixteenth century. That is the reference to #1 ("stam" means plain, without any additional qualifications. Since then, others have appropriated the name or made names that have allusions to it, when writing books which have a similar purpose - to structure and organize Jewish Law into a relatively ...


Even Shleima: an ethical treatise as well as kabbalistic ideas Iggeres HaGr"a: this was a letter that the Gaon penned to his family before he left for his journey to Israel (which he ultimatly did not complete)


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.


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 ...


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. ...


Here's a link to the book on Hebrewbooks. Looking at it, it seems to be written in Yiddish.


Yes. It is possible to view digital copies of some of the scrolls on this website, which is maintained by the Israel Antiquities Authority. I don't know if they have all the scrolls yet, but I believe that they intend to have all of them up there, eventually.


My subjective opinion is that this book is more focused on the theoretical foundations of the melachot. While aruch hashulchan and mishna brurah is very focused on giving you the psak, eglei tal is more focused on explaining the definitions of the melachot. My assumption is that if a posek knows the eglei tal well it will help him to come to a conclusion ...


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


I think the real answer is that he meant 15b. ויהי בימי שפוט השופטים. דור ששופט את שופטיו. אמר לו טול קיסם מבין עיניך. אומר לו טול קורה מבין עיניך. אמר לו כספך היה לסיגים. אמר לו סבאך מהול במים. And it was in the days of the judges judging. The generation was judging the judges. The judge would say remove a twig from between your eyes, the person would ...


אין אדם רואה חוב אצל עצמו. כתובות קה ע׳ב. This is in a few other places in ש׳ס too.


Mishna Negaim 2:5 כל הנגעים אדם רואה חוץ מנגעי עצמו also in Ran Nedarim 8b seventh wide line


This article brings sources from Torah, Mechilta, Sifri, Bavli, Yerushalmi, a selection of midrashim, Targum Yonason, Mishne Torah, Rabbeinu Yonah, Droshos HoRan, Menoras Hameor, Maharal, Kli Yokor, Malbim, Sefas Emes, Chochmoh Umussar and Reb Yerucham.


This question is the subject of a teshuva of Rav Ovadia Yosef in Yabia Omer 1:41-42, and he returns to this subject in many later teshuvos as well. He writes regarding this question that דבר זה הוא מקצוע גדול בתורה (so imagine this question upvoted by R. Ovadia Yosef). First of all, it isn't so clear that we actually do 'pasken' like the Shut min ...


There are several Rishonim (collected in Encycolpedia Talmudis, but for example see the Raavid's comment on the Rambam Shofar Lulav V'Sukka 8:5 where he explicitly argues for his position because of Ruach HaKodesh - although he justifies it intellectually - see at the link the argument if the Raavid means it literally) that hold that the final Halacha is not ...


Sure, in his book "זריעה ובניין בחינוך" he wrote that once or twice. I didn't find a digital edition of this book to quote from, but I remember it very well from learning this book last year... EDIT: I would scan it if it was not copyrighted, but from page 44 to 46 Rav Shlomo Wolbe talks about it. Actually I didn't find your exact quote, but the idea is ...


While this isn't exactly what you're looking for, it's close: the Rama's Toras Ha'Olah, which does go through just about every mitzvah/halakha in Seder Kodshim and explains the reasoning for their details in a super-cool-scientific-mystical way. It's not an encyclopedia in that it isn't in alphabetical order, but it is ordered systematically, by topic. ...

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