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'Acharonim' refers to the sages that are from the time period from when the Shulchan Aruch was written to the present.

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Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu’s writings

Is there a source online for halachic writings of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu zt’’l? He was a Sephardic chief rabbi, did he publish any books of Halacha or responsa?
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(how) does מיגו still work?

A מיגו is a logical argument used multiple times throughout the Rishonim and Achronim (for example, the Sha"Ch has a very long discussion about it here: https://www.sefaria.org.il/...
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Conversion by presumption

This document, in the section running over page 11 onto page 12, refers to Rav Feinstein's chiddush that it is possible to 'convert' to Judaism by chazakah alone, and without a formal beit din. The ...
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(Early) Acharonim on Taharot?

There is no Gemara on most of Seder Taharot apart from Maseches Niddah. There are commentaries on the Mishnayos there from Rambam and the Rash as well as the Rosh, Maharam of Rottenburg and Hai Gaon. ...
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Which famous Rabbi had lifelong stomach pain?

I recently heard a shiur that quoted a famous rabbi (I think an Acharon) who talked about having stomach pain every day of his life, and studying torah was the only thing that gave him any joy. Does ...
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Are there seforim printed by North African sefardi achronim of the last 250 years

Sometimes I hear stories about sefardi achronim from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Tangier and their rabonim, and wonder if they had any seforim printed. Obviously nowadays we have contemporary seforim ...
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Where is the Yam Shel Shlomo's essay on breira printed?

I've heard that the Maharshal wrote a detailed essay on breira. Where can it be found in his writings? Is it somewhere in the Yam Shel Shlomo?
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Sefer Klal Tora Umitsvot from the Shaagat Arie

See in Shaagat Arie suman 6, he cited his book on principles of Tora and Mitsvot ומה שיש לדקדק על דברי הרמב״ם אלו כבר כתבתי באורך רב בספר כלל תורה ומצוות שלי I never heard of this book. Where can ...
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Why did the Tos'fos Yom Tov compose his Mi Sheberach?

It is well known that R. Yom Tov Heller, author of the Tos'fos Yom Tov and other works, wrote a prayer to be recited for the benefit of those who don't speak in the synagogue (or: during prayer). I'm ...
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Sucking a citrus fruit: Kaf Hachayim

The Kaf Hachayim, OC 202:63: ומיהו המוצץ משקה מן הפרי חשוב אוכל ומברך ברכתו הראויה לו ושיעורו בכזית לברך ברכה אחרונה. פר״ח בספרו מים חיים סימן ז׳ חס״ל אות י״ד. והיינו דוקא במוצצם ע״י לעיסה שנותנם ...
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What does the Shabbos Shel Mi mean?

In Maseches Shabbos, in between the perakim of Bameh Ishah and Bameh Beheimah, the Shabbos Shel Mi writes the following: דרשינן סמוכים פ' במה בהמה ובמה אשה כל הקרב הקרב כי לא לחנם הלך זרזיר אצל ...
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How do the outer planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto fit into Judaism?

It is not a secret that we discover new things in all fields of science, not mentioned in our sources all the time. We know that in Judaism the 7 planets represent/aligned with 7 spiritual forces and ...
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Sefer on Chazal, Geonim and Later Acharonim

I currently own the Artscroll books The Rishonim and The Early Acharonim by Rabbi Goldwurm. They have a few features on Rabbonim of the ages that I really appreciate: Anecdotal information about each ...
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What's controversial about Chemdat HaYamim?

This answer from @Oliver mentions The controversial book Hemdat Ha-yamim... What is Chemdat HaYamim, and what is controversial about it? I know this is a very simple question but I wasn't ...
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What is the meaning of the kli Yakar Bereshis 44:21

What is the meaning of this line in (kli Yakar Bereshis 44:21) כי הבחינה היינו דרישה וחקירה כקטן מסיח לפי תומו, ולא נתרצו האחים לזה, כי אמרו פן ילמדוהו לדבר תועה ובחרו לישב במאסר
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Mekor Chaim by the Chavauss Yo'ir

Where can I find a copy of the Mekor Chaim by R' Yair Bacharach זצ”ל (the Chavot Ya'ir)? I read on Wikipedia that Machon Yerushalayim publishes a copy, but a perusal of their catalogue does not turn ...
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Teacher of the Pnei Yehoshua

What was the name of the rav/teacher of HoRav Ya'akov Yehoshua ben Tzvi, author of the Pnei Yehoshua?
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Chart of the Rishonim?

Does anyone know if there is a chart of the Rishonim available? Like a genealogy tree (but for rav/talmid and by region). If it goes on to Acharonim, even better. I have one for the Tannoim and ...
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Did Bach ever respond to Taz's criticisms?

There are numerous places in the Taz where R' David HaLevi Segal criticizes the opinions and writings of the R' Joel Sirkis (Bach) - who just so happened to be his father-in-law. See for example the ...
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Changing the תפילת בית המדרש

The גמרא in מסכת ברכות on דף כח עמוד ב gives a תפילה for people to say when entering a בית המדרש. This is quoted להלכה in רמב''ם ברכות י,כג and שולחן ערוך אורח חיים קי,ח. However, the ט''ז on ...
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כי הלא בזולת בשר כבדת את השבת

The full text is: מה שהלכת אתמול לבקש בשר ואבדת חצי היום ולא יכולת למצוא ואף תרנגולים שבאו לידך לא אסתייעא מלתא הכל מאתי היה להודיעך שהבשר והיין שהם משכן היצה"ר אין לרדוף אחריהם כי בזולתם יחיה האדם ...
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Rule 195 of Ayelet Hashachar by the Malbim

If one looks at the Malbim's Ayelet Hashachar, he gives 613 rules for interpreting the Torah. But if you look at it carefully, you'll notice that rule 195 is missing. What happened to this rule?
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How and why did R. Akiva Eiger try to emulate the Rashba?

I'm attending a bar mitzva celebration recently, and the father of the boy gives a short speech. During his speech he mentions in passing that Rabbi Akiva Eiger (1761–1837, modern-day Austria ...
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Who is the Arba'ah Turei Even?

In the back of the Frankel printing of the Rambam, they have a section of collected commentaries. One of them is a work titled "Arba'ah Turei Even." The Frankel bio page identifies the author as אלעזר ...
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Torah Commentary of R. Isaac Samuel Reggio

Is the commentary of R. Isaac Samuel Reggio on the Torah available for free online?
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Pronunciation of God's Name in the Bach

The Bach, writing on the Tur OC 5:1, says that when pronouncing the tetragrammaton (שם הויה) as the שם אדנות, some people say the first vowel as a patach and some as tending toward tseirei. His words:...
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Seeking an English version of Minchat Chinuch

Is there an English version of Minchat Chinuch by "Rabbeinu Yosef" (Yosef Ben Moshe Babad, 1800–1874), a commentary on the Sefer ha-Chinuch?
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What Hebrew must I know in order to read the Minchas Shai?

I am interested in understanding the Tenach better, as well as rules related to leining. I have resources for learning biblical Hebrew. Vocabulary lists, and charts showing verb conjugations. If I ...
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Letter of the Dvar Avraham About R. Soloveitchik

Where can the D'var Avraham's letter about R. Soloveitchik be found? I have seen numerous references to it, such as in R. Yitzchak Twersky's eulogy for R. Soloveichik in which the following was ...
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Where does the Taz say that beer gives us life?

There is a Taz on the topic of yoshon (old grain) that says something to the effect of: כי עיקר חיינו תלוי בשכר While it's an awesome quote out of context, the basic pretense is that since the ...
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Baba Sali and his Torah chiddushim

I can not find any Torah writings from the Baba Sali. Does anybody know where I can find his Torah?
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Where does the Tiferes Yisroel discuss Edward Jenner and smallpox?

I've heard repeatedly that the Tiferes Yisroel describes Dr. Edward Jenner as a righteous gentile for developing the smallpox inoculation -- where is that quote, please?
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Seudas Rabbi Akiva Eiger

What does R. Akiva Eiger hold about long distance involvement in another person's simcha? I have heard that contrary to legend he actually held that such participation is meaningless and that the ...
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Looking for Shadal Al HaTorah

I am looking for Shadal's commentary on the Torah. is it available for free online? If not does anyone know where it can be purchased the cheapest?
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Does the principle of Hadash Asur Min Hatorah apply to technological new things?

According to the Hatam Sofer, does this principle apply to technological novelties? This principle means that "New Is Forbidden By The Torah".
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Looking for a particular idea from Reb Yonason Eibshitz

I recall reading a quote from Reb Yonason Eibshitz concerning a judge on a beis din of 23 faced with a strange situation. The defendant seems to the judge to be guilty of murder, but this judge is the ...
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The opinion that microwaves don't need to be kashered

So I remember hearing this opinion that followed like this: "Microwaves do not need to be kashered because the means of cooking in a microwave are different than those spoken about in the Gemara." ...
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What's unique about the book Eglei Tal?

The book Eglei Tal was written by Rabbi Avrohom Bornsztain and deals with the 39 melachos of Shabbos. I was wondering what about this particular book is unique? Why would a person learn this as ...
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Halachic opinions on tefillin peshutim

I was discussing the subject of tefillin with my father motzei-Shabbat and particular, the battim (leather boxes that contain the parshiyot, or parchment scrolls). We ended up wondering what the mid-...
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Sforno on the Nachash

The Sforno on Bereishis 3:1 explains that the Nachash, snake, is not an actual snake but is rather the Satan/Yetzer Harah. With that in mind, what does the Sforno do with the curse Hashem gives the ...
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Ma'ayanah Shel Torah on the Festivals and 613 Mitzvot?

On the title page of Ma'ayanah Shel Torah, it says that the series covers the Parshiot, Haftarot, Festivals, and 613 Commandments. I have the 5 volumes on the Parshiot and Haftarot, but they do not ...
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Source for story about the Chasam Sofer, Rav Nosson Adler and an Amalekite?

I heard a story that goes roughly like this: after the death of his Rebbi, the Chasam Sofer decided to make Rav Nosson Adler his new Rebbi. He therefore undertook a long voyage to meet Rav Adler. On ...
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Shacharis after chatzos

Is praying shacharis after chatzos (midday) permitted, and do you fulfill your obligation? If so, until when? Please give sources, preferably quoting the Mishna Berurah, Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch, or ...
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How come Metzudat Tzion never did a perush of difficult words in the chumash?

Why did the author of Metzudat Tzion never write an explanation of difficult words in the chumash, as he did for most of the Nach? There are hard words in the chumash that require explanation even for ...
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What did the Or Sameach do for Rabbi Yaakov Ruderman?

I have heard that Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman of Ner Israel quoted Rabbi Meir Simcha (the Or Sameach or Meshech Chochma) in almost every Torah address to the school. I have heard, further, that he ...
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Happiness for a Bar Mitzvah

I heard in the name of the Chasam Sofer that the first mitzvah of a bar mitzvah boy is that of simcha (happiness). Does anyone know where I could find the original source of this? I searched Google ...
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Are there any late-Achronim who wrote like a Rishon (or early-Acharon)?

When the Rishonim wrote, they weighed every word they used, considered the meaning and inferences of all possibilities and decided on what best reflects their position as a whole. This is how we treat ...
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Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions

Shemos Rabbah (Shemos parsha 1) and a gemara in Makos (8a) both seem to indicate that physically striking a child/student is a positive thing to do in terms of discipline/education. My question is: ...
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Differences in Sepharadi Hilkhot Taharat HaMishpahhah

I've been told that HaRav Mordekhai Eliyahu and HaRav 'Ovadiah Yosef ('Aleihem hashalom), have different shitot (approaches/conclusions) when it comes to Hilkhot Taharat HaMishpahhah for the Sepharadi ...
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Source for Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz's explanation of Ta'anis Esther

The three day fast that Esther and Mordecai and the Jew's of Shushan observed during Nissan fell out on (at least) the first day of Passover. I remember hearing an explanation from Rabbi Jonathan ...
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