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The difficulty of the Biur ha-Gra as an impediment to its study was noted immediately with its publication. In the introduction to his Taklin Chadatin (Minsk, 1812), R. Yisrael of Shklov already noted the necessity for a commentary on the Biur ha-Gra: "לזה צריך חיבור בפני עצמו יותר ויותר מחיבור הפרי מגדים על המגינים". But this need has gone largely ...


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I would toss the book away. It sounds like pseudo-scholarship. Look at the end of the book and note the relative paucity of footnotes. Is Winkler credible? While he had some sort of Orthodox education, he also studied with Schater-Shalomi and now declares himself "non-denominational". A brief review of his career indicates he aligns himself with various ...


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http://www.yutorah.org/ has halacha shiurim on a huge range of topics, both in depth and very practical. Just click on the "halacha" tab. Highly recommended. Also http://www.kolhaloshon.com/, from the more yeshivish side of things, with lots of shiurim from R' Osher Arieli and other Ram"im in the MIr Yeshiva.


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Strongly recommend Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's books. (His Torah translation is superb and also available online). "If You were God" is great for theology; "The Real Messiah" addresses Judaism's views towards Christianity.


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Rabbi Breitowitz's book: Between Civil & Religious Law: The Plight of the Agunah in American Society And later, Rabbi Broyde's: Marriage, Divorce, and the Abandoned Wife in Jewish Law


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--Birkas Eliyahu (ברכת אליהו) is a multi-volume work on Biur HaGra which is available for free on hebrewbooks.org --there is also damesek eliezer דמשק אליעזר which is a commentary to the biur hagra. -- there is also a commentary to biur hagra written by a Rosh Kollel in Landers College, but I don't remember his name or the name of his sefer.


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This 2011 link to the Siddur Tefillas Yeshurun metioned by yitznewton may be valuable to sign up for the new edition. You can also contact www.kayj.net You ask for printed editions. The following are available online. You could print what you wanted I suppose. A Category at the Wikimedia Commons for scanned works of Wolf Heidenheim, including a full set ...


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It's called שערי צבי - "Shaarey Tzvi" written by Rav Tzvi Rotter shlit"a (he is the son of the Shaaray Aharon). The book can be found here and can be partially viewed here. Hat tip to sam regarding another book with the same premise, ילקוט מלכו של עולם - "Yalkut Malko Shel Olam", information about it can be found here.


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As someone who descends from a long line of internet sleuths, here are some general (yet entirely specific) tips and suggestions: 1) First off, it is indisputable that piyut.org.il is to all appearances the #1 resource for traditional Jewish song. I should point out though, that as an ashkenazi, I have not really utilized it for researching ashkenazi ...


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www.reddit.com/r/Judaism While itself not essential, the sidebar as a lot of good links. I will copy/paste two sections here, but I am a bit too lazy to format it. (Looking at the preview, it formats just fine!) Websites/Resources Jews for Judaism - A response to missionaries. JewFAQ - If you don't see it in our FAQ, check this out. It's hugely ...


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Here are some characteristics of the different translations/editions: Common Re-Print of European Edition This is ibn Tibbon's translation, but with many typos in the text. ibn Tibbon strove for word-to-word correspondence with the Arabic: makes the language very strange and off-putting to someone not used to it. But has its own charm when you get used ...


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This website provides a pretty decent Hebrew commentary on most of the Yerushalmi: http://www.yedidnefesh.com/yerushalmi/yerushalmi.htm This is a website which is a great resource for Yerushalmi and has many different commentaries, manuscripts, and essays. I have not gone through all of it, but do recommend Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky's commentary, which is ...


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Some of this was summarized in a previous answer here. There are many opinions about this stuff, by the way. Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin's Bnei Banim 4:16 is a MUST READ. It addresses the halachic angle on some of these matters, while Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein's "Of Marriage: Relationship and Relations" (Tradition 39:2) addresses the "hashkafic" ...


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The Ish Masliah version would probably be what you're looking for. It brings when the Kaf HaHaim disagrees with the M"B, when Hacham Ovadia and also Rav Moshe Lewi disagree as well. As well as many other great features Here it is online for around 90$.


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It's a shame that the Mesorah is no longer printed in most Tanachs as it was in the past. This particular question is answered by the short Mesorah on Bamidbar 3:39 where it says י' נקודות בתורה. The long Mesorah on the same verse elaborates on where the 10 dots are. It says that there are 10 in the Torah and another 5 in Nach as follows: Torah- Bereishis ...


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You can find a translation by Jacob Neusner online here. It should be noted that the quality of his translations is a rather controversial subject in academic circles. That said, to the best of my knowledge his is currently the only complete translation of the Yerushalmi into English. Note that instead of the pagination of the Vilna Bavli (21 folios) ...


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I have been compiling a German siddur for the past fifteen years. It is currently available on www.thebookpatch.com: http://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStoreDetails.aspx?BookID=19123&ID=0da30d3e-df41-4b72-bdbe-ee301d7f0000


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The Shay LaMora Publishing House has published Megilat Eicha with a commentary they call Beit Metzudot, a commentary in the style of the Metzudot for Megilot that don't have them. You can see it on their website here, and you can read the text quoted by @TamirEvan (in his comment) by clicking on the picture. This is included in the Chumash Shay LaMora for ...


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There is a YouTube video demonstrating a Minecraft project of the first Bet Hamikdash, as well as of the Mishkan, as a project by Rabbi Swigard's class in Harkam Hillel Hebrew Academy, 2012. Here is also a link to the Minecraft skin and map. In this way, if you have Minecraft, you can walk through the Bet Hamikdash yourself.


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Some children's siddurim leave a lot of space for writing, This Artscroll leaves more room than most other siddurim http://www.artscroll.com/Books/scha.html I am sure if you go into a seforim store and look in their siddurim aisle, there would be more editions of a children's siddur with even more room.


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I found this "Ultra Regeneration Serum" via Amazon. It costs $83.99 per bottle and claims to contain "Commiphora Gileadensis Bud Extract- (Balm of Gilead)." However, its description mentions "Balm of Gilead from the balsam poplar tree," and the balsam poplar tree is Populus balsamifera, which is a North American species and distinct from the Middle Eastern ...


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There is a relatively new website (soon to be app) set up for this specific reason (a user friendly system for a quick response to halachic or any torah questions that a Jew might have) here is a brief summary of the goals of this website: Do these situations sound familiar? You did not know the correct Bracha... Your husband mixed up the milchig and ...


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Here is an informative article regarding the Norelco/Phillips Lift and Cut shavers written some time ago by Rabbi Gil Student. Needless to say, from the Zomet article and from the Hirhurim article, it is clear that it is not clear that Lift and Cut is the big problem others may have you believe. Also, recently I was informed that Rav Fuerst, of Chicago, ...


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There is an email list called Mail Jewish which discusses matters of this nature. Send submissions/responses for mail.jewish to: mj@mj.bu.edu The archive site is http://www.ottmall.com/mj_ht_arch/ This is a listserv which has been in existence since the before the beginning of the internet (it goes back to the original Bell Labs days) and has dealt with ...


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Rabbi Ephraim Oshry's son is the Rov in a shul in my neighborhood. He told me a short time ago that the family was working on republishing his father's works. I don't know what the schedule is but I assume you can contact him directly to find out. The shul is Khal Beth Avrohom on East 17th Street in Brooklyn.


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Yaakov Rosanes at Virtual Geula has a list of all active Israeli publishers of seforim as well as a lits of inactive publishers linked at the bottom of that page. If you are searching for rare or hard to find books that is the place to go.


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R Mosheh Lichtenstein has a nice series on the weekly Haftorah available on the VBM here. I see they also have a second (incomplete) series by R Yehuda Shaviv here, though I haven't read any of them.


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This is what I've found so far: Torah.org Haftorah by Rabbi Dovid Siegel. The Rabbi: presents a general overview of the Haftorah together with historic background isolates a hidden theme of the Haftorah Finds a common thread which runs through the haftorah and the weekly Torah portion. uses commentaries and midrashic sources to reveals ethic and moral ...


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There is a new Mishna Berura Tiferes Hamizrach - with all the Sefardi Poskim - published by Zundel Berman. So far it is only available on Hilchos Chanuka from volume 6, however the author is planning on doing the entire Mishna Berura over the next few years. Can be purchased at Hamefitzim or Mekor Judaica.


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we used dryer sheets taped to the inside of the walls. we labeled them annanei ha'kavod and they seemed to do a pretty good job keeping out both mosquitos and bees. Here's some of the science behind it



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