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Books about or of Judaism

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What is known about Eliyahu from Tishbe?

I am interested in knowing as much as possible about Eliyahu, both from oral and written tradition. Are there any book(s) and sources that mention something that surely must have been happened but ...
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Dreams of a bible in another language [on hold]

Good morning, Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’m not Jewish. I grew up in a Pentecostal Church but as a child I had a dream in which I walked into a beautiful cathedral only to have ...
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Would you buy “Bible for Children” for a 2.8 year old toddler?

[This is not a duplicated question - I am asking here about specific book if it's a good read or not. The last part is asking for recommendations.] I have bought lots of books to my toddler, such as ...
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The first Halachic compendium that does not follow the Mishnaic order (not שו"ת)?

Since Abraham, the original Oral Torah allegedly consisted of the currently known 6 Sdarim (although the number of Masechtot was much bigger, up to 6000?). The Mishnah and naturally the Talmud are ...
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Was the Sheiltot of Rav Achai Gaon ever translated?

Does anyone know if the Sheiltot was ever translated into English?
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Looking for a Halachic/Hashkafic Sefer about Shirah

Music seems to play a predominant role in Jewish life, looking at the common practice of Shabbos zemiros or the wide variety of tunes during davening as some examples. Some of this bleeds over into ...
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

I'm preparing classes on the beginning of Bava Metziah and I would like to present the information through the lens of the Rabbonim that used the Gemara to answer Sheilos. Does anyone know of a Sefer ...
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Is Pirkei DeRebbe Eliezer the earliest Torah she'be'al'peh to be written down?

The Radal mentions that Rebbe Eliezer ben Herkinus's talmidim wrote down the Pirkei DeRebbe Eliezer. Would that make it the earliest book of Torah she'be'al'peh to be written?
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When someone become non observant

A young man, brought up in a religious home, Yeshiva day and high schools, 2 years in Yeshiva in Israel, decides to work on Shabbos, not observe Kashrut etc. Is there one book you would recommend for ...
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Is a Bei'ur the same thing as a Peirush?

What characteristics define Biur and Peirush? Are they different from one another? Are they related somehow? If so, in which aspects? Please, explain. Sources are welcome.
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One Volume Chumash with Rashi Menukad

I'm looking for a new Chumash for school. I want it to be one volume, with Rashi menukad. Does anyone have a suggestion?
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Sefarim on how Gematria works?

While I know the basics of Gematria, i.e. the numerical value assigned to each letter, I’d like to learn more, like the different letter substitutions, how far off you can be and still count it as the ...
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What are the earliest accusations of censorship in rabbinic literature?

Sefarim are sometimes censored for various reasons. It used to be mostly external censorship, but nowadays I think it is mostly internal censorship. When people print sefarim and censor them, they ...
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Which ספר מנורת המאור Sefer Menoras Hamaor came first?

Which ספר מנורת המאור Sefer Menoras Hamaor came first? Between the two sefarim called ספר מנורת המאור Sefer Menoras Hamaor - One written by Rav Yisrael ben Yoseph Alnakaweh, and one written by Rav ...
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Who is R' Yisrael in Reishis Chochmah, Shaar Hamitzvos, and how much of שער המצוות is from him?

In The Sefer Raishis Chochmah (written by Rabbi Eliyahu de Vidas - 16th century), There is a perek (chapter) called פרק המצוות - The Chapter of the Mitzvos. After his introduction to the perek ...
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List of Seforim that are mentioned in the Pischei Teshuva

In his hakdamah, the Pischei Teshuva lists off 192 seforim that he used in his sefer. Did anybody ever publish a comprehensive collection of all the seforim that are used in the Pischei Teshuva, ...
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Looking to hire someone to search Seforim (online or not) for specific Torah thoughts

I have several Torah thoughts that may potentially be novel, and I am searching to see what other commentators have written on these subjects and whether some or all of these thoughts were introduced ...
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Sources on how to make one's wife happy

Are there any seforim or sources how a man can make his wife happy outside the bedroom and especially inside?
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Rashi script in certain seforim

I noticed that some authors of seforim have their books published using Rashi script instead of ashuris script. Was this done by default of the printers or was there some halachic reason not to use ...
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Minimum separation to place sefarim on the floor

According to Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:4), one may not sit on a surface upon which sefarim are currently resting, unless the sefarim are placed on something which is a tefach above that surface, and ...
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Where can I get the index for Yabia Omer?

Where can I get the index for Yabia Omer ? I cant find it anywhere since its out of print. Any ideas ?
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Is there a online appendix or index or list where names, words, etc., appear in the Talmud [duplicate]

I'm trying to find an online preferably appendix where it lists in alphabetical order every word, name, place, etc., of the Talmud and where every cite can be found. I have the Jastrow, but it's not ...
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Russian original of Baad Kodesh?

I would like to find the Russian original of one of the presumably very few chasidic works written in that language. The work in question is בד קדש, addressed by the Miteler Rebbe, Rav Dovber of ...
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What are some books on demonology to read from a Jewish perspective?

I have recently developed an interest in demonology and I'm looking to study it from a Jewish perspective. Can anybody recommend books on the topic?
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Should an Ashkenazi learn Yalkut Yosef and Kaf HaChaim? [closed]

Should and Ashkenazi such as myself learn Yalkut Yosef and Kaf HaChaim, Sephardi halachic works, or should I not bother as the halacha wouldn't apply to me?
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Halacha Works Their Differences [closed]

What is the difference between rambam, shulchan aruch, mishnah brurah, pninei halacha?
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Recommendation for edition of Mishne Torah with sources

I am learning Rambam's Mishne Torah following the Chabad's perek-a-day rhythm. I find it fascinating. I learn in Hebrew, and use two texts the new Koren's Mishne Torah from R Steinsaltz. It is very ...
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Illustrated Tzara'at

I have indirectly heard of someone in a school (I think it's a yeshiva student) who is doing a research project on various medical conditions. She decided to discuss tzara'at and compare what the ...
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Can a previously used Aron Kodesh be used a Sefarim closet?

Someone in my neighborhood wants to donate a used Aron Kodesh to a shul. There is a shul in my neighborhood that I thought could use it, but they have one, already. But, I'm wondering if they would be ...
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Is there a book that lists major Jewish events that occurred on each day (Judaic calendar)?

A few months ago, I attended a shul on Shabbat that had a list of "notable" historic events that occurred on each Judaic date that was to occur in the following week. (E.g., if the week following was ...
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Who originally speculated that the Orchos Tzaddikim's author was a woman?

I recall hearing (as well as saw from this link) that it has been speculated that the author of the Orchos Tzaddikim was a woman. Did someone originally posit this idea, or is it a rumor that has ...
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Original Iggeres Hagra

In this printing of the Iggeres Hagra (1937) it is written entirely in Yiddish. As is known, he wrote it originally in Yiddish and it was later translated into the Hebrew we have. Is it correct to ...
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Where can I buy Sefer HaNoten Sheleg online?

Does anyone know where it would be possible to buy a copy of this book, "Sefer HaNoten Sheleg", online?
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The New Artscroll Mishnayos: Product Recommendation

In addition to their (rather expensive and extremely expansive) Yad Avraham series, Artscroll is now publishing a Schottenstein Edition of the Mishna. Both versions (Yad Avraham and Schottenstein) ...
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Is it okay to name child after sefer?

I heard about a recent simcha in our local community where the father named his son Tanya (of which he happens to study). Is there any sources that support or speak against naming ones child after a ...
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What does אה"ת stand for?

What do these rashei teivos stand for? See, for example, the Dikdukei Sofrim here.
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Chabad kuntres “Toras Ashkenaz”

What is the Chabad pamphlet Toras Ashkenaz: Frankfurt, Germania ? Background: A Chabad friend of mine noticed this pamphlet at the Chabad Ohel in Queens. While the title would imply that it is of ...
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What are the abstract “patterns” on the edges of the paper of Jewish seforim? [duplicate]

I've always wondered but never thought to ask: what are these abstract paper patterns on some Jewish seforim? As the two books in bottom center of example photo: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jbhcKUqaVsA/...
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Regarding ערוך השלם

The ערוך השלם is a fantastic work and invaluable for learning Gemara. It was written by Alexander (Chanoch Yehuda) Kohut in the late 19th century. It is six volumes. It is available in those volumes ...
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List of Sha’ar page pesukim to years

As is known, many sefarim use a pasuk to correspond to the current year. Is there a list or program that makes a list? I am referring to when a part (or whole) of a pasuk is equal in gematria to the ...
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Is there a definitive diagram showing the relationship between Jewish scriptures?

I am not Jewish, just interested in the culture and history. I was looking for a diagram which shows the relationship between various Jewish texts -- Torah, Midrash, etc. -- everything that is ...
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Deleted attacks on the Shulchan Aruch in Pri Chadash

The bibliography in the English Me'am Lo'ez haggadah says of Pri Chadash that it "often strongly attacks the opinions of the Shulchan Aruch. Its strongest language was deleted from later editions." ...
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What was censored in Sefer HaChinuch?

While reading Reb Yaakov (page 191), the following line caught my eye: The Sunday morning shiur...Reb Yaakov finished...the uncensored version of Sefer HaChinuch What could this be referring to? I ...
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Guide for complete daily prayer/blessings

I was raised secular/Christian (secular Jewish mom) and am reconnecting to my Judaism. I just moved to a place with no significant Jewish community or rabbis for a few hours. (Luckily I lived in a ...
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Is there an online resource like Jewish Encyclopedia available that is more up to date?

I find the Jewish Encyclopedia (1901-1906) to be an invaluable resource but alas it is quite old. Is there a similar but more updated encyclopedia available online anywhere?
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Siddur on top of Tehilim?

Between a siddur (prayer book) and Tehilim (or other book of Nach), which should go on top? also, is there a distinction between printed or handwritten?
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Why may berachos be recited at a bris while the baby's erva is uncovered?

We know that one is not permitted to make a bracha or say devarim shebikedusha in front of nakedness. Why then is it permitted for the mohel and father at a bris to make their berachos when the baby's ...
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Chronology of writing of the works of the Rema

In the name of more clearly understanding which work represents his most final conclusion, and in the purely academic interest of knowing which works were drawing from the others, I am curious as to ...
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Why is the word “Talmud” censored? [duplicate]

In Megillah 2a, Rashi writes: שמצינו בכמה מקומות בשם ר"א בר' יוסי סתימתאי Regardless of the context there, as it's not needed for this question, Oz Vehadar brings from Dikdukei Sofrim (I don't ...
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Selling Gemara to non-Jews

Is it permissible for someone to sell sefarim (e.g., a gemara) to non-Jews? Does it make a difference if they are messianic "Jews" (people who believe Jesus is Moshiach)?