Does anyone know of any noteworthy books/ biographies on R' Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller (1745 – 1812) author of the Ketzos Hachoshen, Avnei Miluim, and Shev Shmaytsa- that explain his learning methodology and approach to learning Talmud?

(doesn't necessarily have to be a biography)

Preferably in English but Hebrew also welcome- thanks!


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One such work is Rabbi Daniel Mann's A Glimpse of Greatness: A Study in the Works of Giants of Lomdus, which was reviewed here. There is also a Hebrew biography titled Shnei Keruvim by Meir Herskowitz, about the Ketzos and the Tosfos Yom Tov.

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    That looks like an awesome book!
    – Isaac Moses
    Jul 30, 2019 at 17:34
  • Worth noting that Hershkowitz’s book also contains an English side entitled ‘Guardians of the Faith’. (IIRC it’s more a biography and less explaining their learning.)
    – Oliver
    Jul 31, 2019 at 5:30

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