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Books about or of Judaism

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Online availability of Hagahos “Menachem Tzion” on “Shem HaGedolim”

Can the Hagahos of Menachem Tzion to Shem HaGedolim be found anywhere online?
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Placing a notebook on top of sefarim

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:9) writes: לא ישרטט איזה קונטרס על הספר, לפי שאין קדושה בקונטרס, עד שיכתבו בו You should not draw lines on notebook [while] on [a holy] book, because the notebook is ...
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Transgress 5 mitzvos by not returning the siddur?

I was told that if one does not replace the sefer one is using in the Beis Hamedrash, one can transgress several (5?) mitzvos from the Torah. I can see that one would transgress “love your neighbour ...
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Is downloading a book considered stealing according to halakha? [closed]

If someone lives in a place where he cannot get books shipped. Some books that he would otherwise buy (like Seder Olam) are findable online. Is downloading and printing it for one's self considered ...
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Is Rabbi Menashe ben Yisrael listed in Artscroll's “Early Acharonim”?

For anyone who has the sefer, can you tell me if this Rabbi is listed in that book? Also, does anyone know of any Rabbis, contemporary with him or later or even now, who were or are or would be ...
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How many words are there in the Zohar?

Zohar (with and w/o the Tikunei Zohar) Tikkunei Zohar Also is there a site/place that lists or otherwise aids in wordcounts for different Jewish books /Seforim ? TYVM
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Is there a modern printing of the book Doros Rishonim?

Rabbi Yitzchak Issac HaLevi wrote a 6 volume set of books entitled Doros Rishonim. The only version I found is on Hebrewbooks.org from the 60's. Is there a more recent printing of these books (printed ...
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Piskei teshuvos on resting elbows on a sefer

Can someone please translate this Piskei Teshuvos: פסקי תשובות אורח חיים סימן קנד ומי שמניח אצילי ידיו על הספר דרך לימודו, ג"כ אין זה דרך בזיון כיון שבתום לב וכהרגל העוזר לו להבין תלמודו ...
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Resting elbows on sefer while learning from it

I read this on the halachipedia website, "Rama 282:7 writes that one may not place a Sefer on one’s lap and lean one’s elbows on it. Sh”t Shelmat Chaim 2:566 (quoted in Piskei Teshuvot 154:23) is ...
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Jewish sources on Spanish Inquisition

During and after the Holocaust, there were many situations, which although horrible, required שאלות ותשובות from many of the rabbis at the time on certain questions in הלכה pertaining to the Holocaust....
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What is the difference in Sha"s types; Oz V'hadar, Zecher Chanoch, N'harda'ah(נהרדעא)?

I am looking to purchase a true Chossen Shas, and I see various editions or publications. I am familiar with the classic Vilna Shaas, but I see many sets in either Oz V'hadar עוז והדר, Zecher Chanoch ...
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Halachic status of Sefaria with public source sheets

Sefaria recently added a new section of their app called Resources. In it, you can look up all sorts of source sheets on things I find heretical. Is it mutar to keep such an app on my phone, with the ...
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A sefer that states the reasons behind the Halachos

Is there a sefer that states the Halachos L'maseah and gives the reasoning as to why the Halacha is the way it is. I'm looking for a Halacha sefer that states the Halacha as we pasken, but also ...
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Is the Kafich edition of the Rambam's peirush on Mishnah to Mesecht Keilim available online anywhere?

I'm trying to find the Kafich edition of the Rambam's peirush on Mishnah to Mesecht Keilim. Is it available online anywhere?
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Learning Shorshei Hashemos

Can anyone Learn Shorshei Hashemos? Or is there a procedure one must go through before learning it? Does one have to be 40? Does he have to have grey hair? Does she have to know Tanach? Does he have ...
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Shas Chazarah Seforim

Are there any seforim that are catered only to help one chazar mesechtos/Shas Bavli? If so, can you please direct me to them.
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Personal Attributes, Influence and Importance of Japhet Among Noah's Sons [closed]

Would you be so kind and provide brief, yet details information about personal attributes, influence and importance of Japhet, commonly agreed among Jews and also Hebrews, perhaps if possible by ...
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Mussar work by Chacham Ovadia

Did, Maran HaRav HaGaon Ovadia Yosef Ztk"l write any Ethical(mussar) work during his lifetime? And if he did, do we have it online in english?
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Seeking works by tanaim or amoraim

To the best of my knowledge there is only 1 full work that was authored by a rabbi from the period of the tanaim or amoraim is the work seder olam by r' yose ben chalafta. I would like to know if ...
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Book on the laws of Shabbos

Which English book on the laws of Shabbos would you recommend? One that is Halacha Lemaase with footnotes that show where the Halacha stems from and the differentiating opinions.
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Nefesh HaChaim vs Derech Hashem

What is the difference (in content) between Nefesh HaChaim and Derech Hashem? Are they written to educate the reader on the same topic? Does one presuppose knowledge while the other doesn't? Is one a ...
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Sources for scientific rationale for the 613 Mizvot?

Are there any published works on the scientific rationale for any of the 613 Mizvot? For example: Handwashing: It only took the medical community did not deem it medically relevant until 2 centuries ...
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Sefer written by a woman?

I remember hearing once about a sefer written by a woman that people were learning but then it was banned. Do you the name of the sefer/author? *I think it was written in pre-war Europe
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Are there any non-inspired writings before Philo's time?

I came across some writings of Philo, which I found very interesting, and wondered if there are any Jewish writings either around his time (circa 20 BCE to circa 50 CE) or before. I looked around and ...
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What book is the Iyun Yaakov referring to with the abbreviation כ"ח?

The Iyun Yaakov on Berachos daf 3a on the words "the night has 4 watches" quotes from a book that he refers to with the abbreviation כ"ח. What book is he referring to? (In the new edition of the Ein ...
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Views of Rabbi Mazuz

Israeli media outlets report that Rabbi Gershon Edelstien commented about various Torah pamphlets which circulate in Jewish communities, basically characterizing them as nonsense. Perhaps most notably,...
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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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Has anyone learned the Sheiltot of R. Achai Gaon with the Netziv's commentary?

Would you recommend it? I really enjoy learning anything with the Netziv and I like the idea of halachic midrashim on the parsha with some ethical messages. It seems like it's a great way to learn ...
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Choosing the Name of a Sefer

Is there a kabbalistic preference for the author of a sefer to create a title alluding from a posuk alluding to his name? If so, why?
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Why does Rav Soloveichik feel lonely when he has G-d?

As I understand it, The Rav feels lonely, as a man of faith he feels definitionally lonely because he can't relate to people and people can't relate to him. Why doesn't he find solace with G-d though? ...
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Pesicha of 3 Sifrei Torah: special time

Someone sent me a voice recording of someone mentioning an idea from the Sefer Heichalos that when there is we open 3 sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls, on shabbas – chanuka – rosh chodesh), then there is a ...
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Recommendation of Chassidic classics

I have recently seen reference to the “chassidic classics”, a term which I understand encompasses works by the great rebbes of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Examples that I have seen mentioned are ...
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Alei Shur Online

Does anyone know if there is a copy of Rav Wolbe's Alei Shur anywhere online? Free versions preferred, but if it is behind a paywall that can work too. Thanks!
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Where can I obtain the sefer “Titen Emes L'Yaakov”?

Rabbi D Neustadt referenced a sefer “Titen Emes L'Yaakov” in his “Weekly Halacha Discussion” titled “The Halachic Definition of a Lie”. Can someone tell me where I can obtain this sefer please? (I ...
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Rabbi Dovid Oppenheim's introduction to the Ein Yaakov- Where is it?

In the commentary Eitz Yosef to Gemara Berachos daf 3a, on the words "ve'ha kamashma lan..." he references an introduction to the Ein Yaakov by Rabbi Dovid Oppenheim. I looked around and could not ...
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Qafih edition of Bustan al-Uqul Online?

Is R. Yosef Qafih's translation גן השכלים by R. Nathanel al-Fayumi available online somewhere? It seems to appear here in Otzar HaChochma but only the first 40 pages.
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Pre-1948 Haredi view on political Zionism and how it developed

Are there any readings discussing the Haredi (Hasidic, orthodox non-Mizrachi) stance on political Zionism prior to the establishment of the State of Israel? Did it change with the establishment of ...
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In 2 Esdras 14:46, what are the “last seventy” scrolls and do they still exist?

In 2 Esdras 14:37-48, the story is told of Ezra's restoration of the Tanakh 37 I took the five men, as he had commanded me, and we went out into the field and remained there. 38 So it happened to ...
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Sefer Nestor Hakomer Online?

Does anyone know if it is possible to find the (hebrew) text of Sefer Nestor Hakomer, an old jewish apologetic book, available for free online?
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English translation of Reshit Chochmah

Is there an English translation of the book Reshit Chochmah By Rabbi Eliyahu DaVidas?
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Where can I buy the sefer Meor Einayim by Rabbi Azaria min Haadumim (dei Rossi)?

Rabbi Azariah dei Rossi wrote a sefer called Meor Einayim. It was/is a controversial book which the Maharal famously argued against in his book Be'er Hagola. There is an English translation of Meor ...
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Halachic restrictions on Sefarim shelves

If memory serves me correctly, I believe Jonathan Rosenblum cites in his biography of Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky a story where Rav Yaakov complained that someone had placed a sefer on an arm of a bench ...
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Where can I find this Rabbi’s seforim?

I can't seem to find several of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits’ seforim. For example T'nai Bi'N'suin u'V'Get. Does anyone know a store in NYC or which delivers to the US which has his books? Particularly the ...
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Sefer on tefilin

Is there a sefer out there that goes through all of the halachos of tefilin, but has pictures to help explain the different parts?
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Sefarim on Hilchos Mikvahos

I'm learning Hilchos Mikvahos (YD 201). I'm learning Tur, Bais Yosaf, Shulchan Aruch with the Nosa Kalim. Does anybody know of any good sefarim on mikvoas.
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Texts of Maharal’s Commentary on Shas

Does anyone happen to know where I can find online the text of the Maharal’s commentary on Shas that’s not copyright?
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Is anyone aware of a good Dictionary/Lexicon style book to help expand a person's Hebrew/Yeshivish vocabulary?

I was curious if a good book existed which broke down common phrases or words related to religious practice and observance. Say a dictionary but it defines common phrases in observance. Example: Mi ...
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Seeking easy-Hebrew, high-interest books on Jewish topics for 8 year old boy

Seeking titles of books and names of authors of high-interest children's books on Jewish topics in easy Hebrew with nikudot. (Indications of reading grade level would be helpful.)
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How many books on Judaism are available for access today?

Jews have been writing, adding to the pool of Torah knowledge for thousands of years. How many complete or partial works do we have accessible, even by any means today?
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Has the “Mäṣḥafä Kedus” (Holy Scriptures) of Beta Israel been translated into English?

From Wikipedia: Mäṣḥafä Kedus (Holy Scriptures) is the name for the religious literature. The language of the writings is Ge'ez. The holiest book is the Orit (from Aramaic "Oraita" – "Torah") which ...