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I am looking for all of shas in 1 condensed set (1-6 books) without any commentaries in the back (just the Gemarah, Rashi, Tos.).

Does anybody know where I can buy this and if they ship to the United States?

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    I have a set I'm staring at right now... Oz Vehadar... – Isaac Kotlicky Feb 18 '15 at 4:00
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    It's pretty no-frills, Vilna shas G/R/T, but it also includes all of seder zeraim, apparently. No real additional commentary in the back (they have hashmatot milikutei rashi, but that's basically it). – Isaac Kotlicky Feb 18 '15 at 4:05
  • @IsaacKotlicky: Thanks for the link. Are you referring to the 6 book set? Does it have Taharot too? It's interesting that the 5 set is more expensive than the 6. Is it because of the extra binding? They seem good, but I'd prefer a cheaper set and less books if possible. – Emet v'Shalom Feb 18 '15 at 4:20
  • Why less books? they end up being the same size in aggregate... – Isaac Kotlicky Feb 18 '15 at 4:23
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    As far as I can tell, both the Oz Vehadar 5 volume and the Talman 20 volume (and presumably the 6 volume) contain all of shas, both mishna and talmud bavli. That includes the remaining masechtot in seder Zeraim and Taharos. From the Eichler's website, it looks like the Talman 6 volume may not have the remainder of Taharos based on the visible label on the sixth volume. – Isaac Kotlicky Feb 18 '15 at 4:35
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Oz vehadar makes no-frills 5 and 6 volume sets. My 5 volume set is about 8 inches tall, and each volume is about 2 inches wide.

There are a number of places to get them in the US. They run around $110-130, though you can probably find them cheaper during a sale. The all paperback 20 volume set is $80. You can even purchase them directly from Oz Vehadar in Israel if you're interested, but they aren't any cheaper and you'll spend a fortune on shipping.

Cheapest Oz Vehadar 6 volume set I've found: $105

Talman shas is also a good one - I use my mini set as my "every day" reference. They're cheaper than Oz Vehadar, and typically printed an a thinner and lighter stock of paper. People tend to feel that the printing on the Oz Vehadar is better and "cleaner," but I'm not sure there is much of a difference in the newest printings. They tend to run in the $80's before shipping.

  • For the 5/6 volume Oz Vehadar sets, how does each book compare to the weight of a 1000 page physiology textbook? The large Oz Vehadar shas is really heavy. – Emet v'Shalom Feb 18 '15 at 18:23

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