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It's just a bookbinding technique. http://bookbinding.com/bookbinding-for-amateurs/coloring-edges.html


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Here is a link to Shiras Moshe which contains the poems of the Chasam Sofer.


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Looks like there was indeed a book of these published in 1975, which is available for viewing on the Internet Archive (see "View the book" in the sidebar). Here is a guide to using it, and this page on Hebrew Wikigenia mentions some reprints and updates to it.


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I am not certain but I suspect that it is simply a decorative practice. I believe I have seen it done on older, non-Jewish books and I assume that the practice has faded in favor of more economical/contemporary styles. Jews who buy seforim, on the other hand, are a little more inclined for "classic" styles and or more interested in a more distinguished ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebber writes that Television is forbidden because: It is so immodest, that even non-Jews started campaigning against it. It incites people to violence. (Watching movies with people killing each other causes one to think about murder). One will not be able to tell his children to watch only "kosher" material, as they will answer back "but ...


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There's a significant amount of literature on this which I'm not going to look up right now, so please excuse the lack of sources; I'll try to edit them in later (they were all found by following the footnotes to introductions to the Mosad Harav Kook editions of the relevant mesechtos, even though the most thorough introduction I believe is that on Eiruvin ...


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The letter from those Gedolei Yisrael regarding television was received differently by different people. It could be it was meant as a teshuvah but the reality that it was written in is not the reality today so many statements within it need to be taken in context. That they actually held that the television itself (the actual physical thing) was a toeivah ...


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This issue is discussed here. Summary: Magazine subscriptions to Jewish-owned publications are forbidden only where the discount is explicitly or obviously linked to the advance payment. In this case, the discount is usually linked to other factors, so most poskim permit it. A little research online shows that the primary reasons that magazine publishers ...


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Rav Moshe held it was assur (forbidden) to go to movies and theaters. Rav Nebontzol (Rav of the old city of Yerushalayim and Talmid (student) of Rav Shlomo Zalman) writes in his Mishna Brura (B'Yitzchak Yikrah) in chelek 6 in the back (hanhagos v'minhagim number 3) that Television is assur.


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Thanks to all who made some great suggestions. First let me correct the spelling of the word: it should be PRENUMERANTEN (an extra N in there). I duly found the Berel Kagan book (at UCLA's Research library) and in Hebrewbooks.org, where his name is written as כהן for those who might also try to look). So far, I personally have not found anything else ...


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Could be just as a cheap alternative to gilt-edged pages, such as you find on expensive books (both Jewish and non-Jewish).


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If you ever look at sfarim that are commonly opened to specific sections (like a siddur), you'll notice that there are black lines around those pages that are more commonly used (you could, for example, land almost exactly on the last page of Shacharis). When the pages are colored, you don't see those lines.


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As Noach has pointed out, Tom. stands for Latin "tomus", volume, thus you have volume one of a mahzor, or holiday prayer book. The Schlesingers were a well-known Austro-Hungarian family whose printing firm specialized in printing prayerbooks (see here and here). If you can post a scan of the title page we will be able to tell you more about it and what it ...


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I have once heard that such technique was done because in the early days of book-binding, paper was very expensive and some books, including judaica, was printed on 'recycled' or scrap paper. This paper would be of random colors and element exposures. When stacked, the sides of the paper would be the colored splotches.


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I have the kuntres Davar Bito which discusses this topic. Some of the issues include: Not to follow after your eyes. Not to bring a Toeivah (disgusting thing) into your home.


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Look in Shaarei Halacha U'Minhag (Kehos) for The Lubavitcher Rebbe's letters on why one cannot have a TV.


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Your best bet is probably Otzar Hachochma. Their online version is here (click on the rightmost link to enter as a guest). There is a search box on the top, in which you can search for terms like קעזמארק. In the free version, however, they only let you see snippets of the results. Also be aware that the search is based on OCR, which is not always accurate. ...


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You should contact Rabbi Yehuda Horovitz who is a world acclaimed genealogist in Jerusalem and owns the largest collection in the world of Prenumeranten lists. his email is: yudaron@yahoo.comh


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If I recall correctly there were some concerns (at least a few years ago) with corn-derived preservatives or packaging materials with regards to some packaged nuts. It may not be "chopping the walnuts makes them kitniyot", but "your average bag of chopped walnuts bought at the store may have been treated with some kitniyot product." But there are a zillion ...


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I'm not sure there is a "typical" commentary by which to judge some standard length. I have an old copy of a Haggadah published by the Staten Island Yeshivah from 1947, which is pamphlet-length in its entirety, despite having a good deal of commentary throughout, and the "Torat Hyim" Haggadah, which is over 200 pages long, despite its mostly short ...


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I have never heard of a restriction. Most (if not all) copies of Tanach I've seen are justified. In fact, copies of the Pentateuch that are written in the traditional style (handwritten on parchment, etc.) should be justified[1] (except that some sections should end mid-line) — but that rule doesn't apply to print, paper copies. Note, though, that, ...


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Two things. First the various commentaries vary greatly in length. For instance Rav Benayahu Shmueli published one(his shortest) Shm'a Beni at about 30k words(of commentary) and his third(and longest) Musar Avikha at three times that. The same can be said with the various commentaries by famous Rabbanim through the ages. As far as publishing, you will ...


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To support for Shalom's answer that the issue isn't about chopped nuts being kitniyot per se, but rather kitniyot being used during the processing, we see from the OU- "Raw nuts in their shell do not require Passover certification. Shelled nuts that list BHA or BHT (preservatives) in the ingredients require special Passover certification. They are sprayed ...


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למה לי קרא? סברא הוא It is logical that a person should know about the world about him. In some communities, fencing off the world is an ideal, and you would expect to find explicit teshuvot against reading of newspapers. But in other communities, this would not even rise to the level of a question, such that of course one may read the news. And it would ...


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I have also had this question for some time and I was glad to see someone else asking it. From my research into book binding techniques it is obvious that it comes from various decoration techniques. This style seems to come from the Victorian era, but I am not sure how it got into the Jewish book printing business and seems to have stuck around longer. I ...


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You asked: What are the opinions of Poskim (contemporary or otherwise) regarding the propriety of publishing such pictures, and their reasons? The newspapers you mention have a Rabbinic Counsel of sorts, but it seems that the "no female pictures" comes from a Marketing Perspective. The average audience they target will not stop buying simply because ...


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I'm going with the notion that it's unethical and thievery. And even if the person who stole it is a theif, it will still at least be muttar for the rest of us to learn, and even a zchus for the theif. See the Shach in Sh'a Choshen Mishpat siman 292 siff kattan 35. He quotes a Tosefta in the 7th perek of Bava Kama if someone steals his friends torah (lets ...


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When I was in his shiur from 2009-2011, HaRav Mordechai Machlis shlit"a said over a maaseh shehaya about when he was applying to enroll one of his daughters (not sure which one) in a certain haredi seminary. On the application, there was a question about ownership of television in the home of the student. Any girl who lived in a home containing a ...



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