Assume I have the following books and no room to store them standing up. Being a good Jew, you know that the holier books go on top of those of lesser holiness. Here are 10 books: 1) Gemara Kesubos; 2) a siddur, 3) Sefer B'reshis with Rashi's commentary; 4) an Art Scroll Chumash; 5) Sefer Yehoshua; 6) a Mishna Brurah volume; 7) Mesilas Yesharim; 8) Mishna Shabbos; 9) Igras Moshe; and 10) Mesekes Shekalim (Jerushalmi Talmud). Put them in order of holiness top to bottom and explain why.

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    Slightly overlapping: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15064/1569. Very overlapping (duplicate?): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4683/1569.
    – b a
    Jan 17, 2013 at 2:21
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    Trick question: they all have the same kedusha!
    – Double AA
    Jan 17, 2013 at 2:36
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    Aside from the rule that Chumashim go on Nach (which probably includes the siddur if it has sefer Tehillim in it) and Nach goes on other sefarim, you should consider the stability of the stack itself. If your stack is wider at the top, it may topple onto the floor, which itself presents a halachic concern (see Rama YD 282:7).
    – Fred
    Jan 17, 2013 at 2:54
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    @DoubleAA Also see Mishna B'rura (240:28,29) which says that the standard kind of printed Tanach and Talmud have holiness, though less than those sefarim of Tanach that are עשויין בגלילה (based on Pri M'gadim, Mishb'tzos Zahav on OC 153:19).
    – Fred
    Jul 18, 2014 at 3:46

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I would agree in principle with Double AA in that "they all have the same kedusha", but would add a practical component. In stacking the books in a specific order based purely on content, you could end up with larger books stacked on smaller books, thus increasing the probability that the whole stack will fall over on to the floor, which I would think is a bigger issue. It would make more sense to ensure a stable stack to avoid this situation.

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