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Well it took me almost a year, but I can now answer my own question. In Person The National Library of Israel has everything (and I mean everything) you could ever want when it comes to Hebrew books. Although they don't allow people to check out their rare books, you can sit in the reading room and read anything in their collection for as long as you like. ...


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I have found two good locations. soc.culture.jewish.moderated check out the FAQ (I helped write it) The unmoderated version was originally very good, but we had to switch to moderated because of the spam anti-semites. Mail Jewish Welcome to the mail-jewish mailing list! This mailing list was founded in 1986 for the purpose of discussing Jewish topics ...


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Highly recommended is The Living Torah by the late Rabbi Arye Kaplan. It's translated into modern English - no thee, thy and thou. He brings numerous interpretations in the footnotes where available. He has broken each chapter into sub-chapters - each with its own heading. He brings lots of maps and charts and images. Apparently it's online here. ...


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http://ns6t.net/azimuth/ creates Azimuthal Equidistant Projections for any point. Set Location as Jerusalem, and Distance as about 20,000.


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For a Jewish translation of Nach (Tanach minus the Five Books of Moses) with a compendium of commentaries, I recommend the Judaica Press Prophets and Writings1. I have found that its English summary of commentaries on each verse reliably includes readable paraphrases or direct translations of the most interesting or useful comments of the classical ...


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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 ...


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YUTorah.org has free, streaming Torah reading recordings by R' Jeremy Weider. He enunciates and intones extremely clearly. He performs the two features you're looking for: The masa'ot start at 06:00 in his Laining for Matot Mas`ei Part 4. 35:5, with the unusual trop, starts at 02:07 in his Laining for Matot Mas`ei Part 6.


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I have never actually used it as my sukka is built on cement, but you can get Campsite flooring (For example, maybe in a different color or a different option). Many of these camp mats dry quickly, allow water to drain properly, can be staked down, and shouldn't kill your grass (hopefully). Edit: Here is a link where you can actually buy the stuff. Edit ...


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You might want to check out the ArtScroll Stone Chumash (no, it's not written on rocks). It contains all of the Torah in Hebrew with a translation, plus Rashi in Hebrew. But what really makes it good for you is the rest of the commentary. They anthologize a whole bunch of the classic Rabbinic commentaries, in English. They of course cite whoever they are ...


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I just saw your question and wanted to let you know there is an online safrut course starting on November 15th. All the information can be found here: http://mastery.webyeshiva.org/safrut-certification/


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My dining room is such a forum during Friday night supper and Shabas lunch. It's well-run IMO in that anyone can say his piece but there's an emcee (me). And I like to think the emcee is respectful of halacha.


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maybe this is what you're looking for: https://orajhaemet.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/1.pdf if you want, here is the complete text , i think there's a parasha missing , but the rest is complete: http://www.orajhaemeth.org/p/blog-page_25.html


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I didn't find a good source for this information, so we (at Sefaria.org) analyzed our text, did some pattern recognition, corrected by hand, double checked, and came up with an authoritative mapping between the Mishnah and the Babylonian Talmud. Line numbers here refer to the segmentation in Sefaria's online Talmud.


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here you go: http://www.docdroid.net/rko0/kefayet.pdf.html and a review by a scholar you should be sure to read: ...


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Siddur Besamim Rosh Nusach Ashkenaz & Nusach Sefard is an interlinear Siddur. They can be purchased brand new at Jewish Used Books.


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As noted in this answer, the Stone Chumash is a good starting point. It brings classical Jewish commentaries, verse by verse. This is one example of a category. A chumash is an edition of the five books of torah with (Jewish) commentaries. Lots of editors have published them; the commentaries included vary. (A book that included all the commentaries ...


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Minhagei Lita (Customs of Lithuanian Jewry) by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Poliakoff.


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There are many series of such books, a few I like are R Daniel Mann from Eretz Hemda has a very nice series called Living the halachic process (also available one of them also available on Kindle) - you can sample some online as part of the OU Vebbe Rebbe series (I cannot find the table of contents, try varying the number in the URL) R Ari Enkin has ...


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Actually, the standard English translations of all of the books you mentioned were done from the Arabic, not from a Hebrew intermediary: Rosenblatt's Book of Beliefs and Opinions, Pines' Guide of the Perplexed, Mansoor's Book of Direction to the Duties of the Heart.


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This isn't quite in print, but you can see the Rosh Hashanah one in full here: http://hebrewbooks.org/42793 The others may be online, too.


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It is available at www.aron-hasofrim.co.il for 525 Shekel. It is also available by www.lehmanns.co.uk for 67.50 pounds,


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In the Artscroll Schottenstein edition of Niddah, I found one diagram of the halachic anatomy as understood by Rashi, in footnote 5 on page 17b1 (mouseover to view): See the rest of the notes there for context and explanation. As it happens, this chapter was elucidated by one of my high school rabbeim, R' Moshe Zev Einhorn.


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HebrewBooks.org has the 1873 Thorn printing of ויכוח רבנו יחיאל מפריס Vikuach Rabeinu Yechiel meParis (alternate scan), and the 1928 Lwów (= Lvov = Lemberg) printing, ויכוח רבנו יחיאל מפאריז (alternate scan).


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This understanding of the retrospective way in which even negative history ultimately leads to the culmination of G-d's plan is a very standard Kabbalistic idea. This is not a statement about future sin, which is always undesirable. See, for example, the ילקוט ראובני quoted here: הנה כבר נתבאר, כפי ערך גודל הנשמה, כן הוטבעה בתוך הקליפה, והם מבקשים לטנפה, ...


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I wrote to Dr. Ari Greenspan and R' Dr. Ari Zivotofky, who have hosted "Mesora Dinners," serving foods with interesting Halachic statuses, in various places. As far as they know, there are no kosher restaurants that include locusts on their menus. When they held the Mesora Dinners in the United States, the menu did not include actual locusts; they just got ...


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They are all available here: Bereishis Shemos Vayikra Bemidbar Devarim


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First of all, the Treatise of the Pool is the only known literary composition of R. Ovadiah Maimonides. It is a relatively obscure treatise written during the Jewish-Sufi movement in 13th century Egypt, and became known due to modern scholarly research. Paul Fenton has published a translation of the Judaeo-Arabic (and includes the original) from the archived ...


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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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http://kiddushhachodesh.com/ has many videos decently done.



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