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The Gemara B'rachos 23a-b says: כי הוה בעי למיעל לבית הכסא כי הוה נקיט ספרא דאגדתא הוה יהיב לן כי הוה נקיט תפילין לא הוה יהיב לן אמר הואיל ושרונהו רבנן ננטרן אמר רבא כי הוה אזלינן בתריה דר''נ כי הוה נקיט ספרא דאגדתא יהיב לן כי הוה נקיט תפילין לא יהיב לן אמר הואיל ושרונהו רבנן ננטרן Rabbah b. Bar Hanah further said: When we were following R. Johanan ...
http://kiddushhachodesh.com/ has many videos decently done.
"Do you know Hilchos Shabbos" by Rabbi M. Fletcher is a very family-friendly sefer. http://www.menuchapublishers.com/do-you-know-hilchos-shabbos.html For a more thorough, and still easy understandable sefer on Hilchos Shabbos, I highly recommend the Sefer "Zachor Veshamor" by Rabbi E. Falk ...
You can find it here http://www.publishersrow.com/ebookshuk/cart/shopproductdetail.asp?o=1434949200000&id=10102 This is the text prepared by Finkelstein.
For years, my family used the English edition of Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchasa. My father would read, and all members of the family listened. I haven't looked back on it recently, but I don't think it was very complicated or hard to understand; on the contrary, I think us kids usually understood what my father was reading. We even had an interesting "hashgacha ...
My personal favorite to share at the Shabbos table is The Shabbos Kitchen by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen and his entire Shabbos Halacha series. Each chapter generally begins with a overview of the principles involved followed by a sampling of practical applications. Each part is followed by a summary. I have used it at the Shabbos table and my family ...
Halichos of Shabbos from Rabbi Shimon D. Eider is a good choice. It has the added benefit of including many word of mouth halachos heard directly from HaRav Moshe Feinstein.
Rabbi Ribiat's "39 Melochos" that you mention is lucid, comprehensive, and well-sourced, yet is also broken down into very digestible bites, which is why it has become so popular in the English-speaking world. (We've often used it as a basis for table discussions.) He begins sections with more general basic background pieces before he gets into more detailed ...
Sefer Chasidim 923 says that if 2 Seforim fell on the ground, one should pick up both Seforim prior to kissing the first one. Aruch Hashulchan Yore Deah 282:11 also mentions kissing a Sefer that fell on the floor.
Rabbi Hirsch wrote a pamphlet as an answer against one that was written by a Reformer. It is called Religion Allied With Progress, found in the collected writings volume 6 starting on page 107. This excerpt begins on page 112. I have bold typed the main point I'm bringing at the end. The rabbinical authorities ousted the proclamation of articles of faith ...
The Samson Raphael Hirsch chumash set has a volume dedicated to the haftorah, many times explaining the connecting theme. In Hebrew, there is Rabbi Shimon Schwab's commentary on the chmash Maayan Beis Hasho'eva which will at times focus on the haftorah independently. Meshech Chochma, also Hebrew, will at times have insights into the haftorah as well.
My favorite is the commentary of R' Samson Raphael Hirsch on the haphtaros, he often connects the two. In addition, the classic Stone Chumash from ArtScroll has a note on every haphtorah, often explaining the non-obvious connections.
I think the Hertz Chumash does a good job. Keep in mind, though, that not every Haftarah has a direct relationship to the Torah parsha or even a special occasion occurring on that day. For example, the 7 Haftarat of "Consolation" that occur between the week after Tish'a B'Av (Shabbat Nachamu) and prior to Rosh Hashanna (Netzavim or Netzavim / Vayelech) are ...
Kol Dodi on the Haftaros, by Rabbi David Feinstein. According to the publisher: In this masterpiece, the Rosh Yeshivah introduces each Haftarah, explains its historical context where necessary, shows its relationship to the Parashah, and offers an enlightening commentary in his own unique, original manner.
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