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Orientation of Kahati's map of the Beis Hamikdash

R' Kahati's map of the Beis Hamikdash - that is printed just before the beginning of Meseches Midos - has South at the top and North at the bottom. I have always found this a little confusing, being ...
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I am adding Jewish books in my library what religious books are necessary for any orthodox Jew to have? I only speak English [duplicate]

I am adding Jewish books in my library what religious books are necessary for any orthodox Jew to have? Ive read that I should have these books -Talmud Bavli -Tanakh -Chumash -Shulhan Aruch are ...
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Which Book Should I be Reading to Learn Everything About Eliyahu Hanavi's Teachings?

Which book should I be reading to learn everything about Eliyahu hanavi's teachings? I have Shai Lamoreh, but right now need more depth into his teachings, with extended explanations.
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Maps that can aid the locations of the cities referenced in Masechet Gittin?

I’m currently learning Masechet Gittin and would like to know where I can find maps of the cities referenced in the first daf or so that can assist me. Cities like heger, rekem, kfar lud, etc is what ...
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Tikkunei Zohar in English or Hebrew

Has the Tikunei Zohar ever been translated into English? Perhaps Hebrew? Online or dead tree works.
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Rambam's decision to merge Shofar with Succah and Lulav?

When subdividing his 14 books, Rambam decided to merge Hilchos Shofar with Succah and Lulav, allocating the first 3 chapters to the first and the last 5 to the laters (see here) with no seeming ...
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Has the corpus of Tosafoth been printed in one volume?

The Talmudic commentary called Tosafoth has been printed together with the Talmud text itself for many centuries. For example, even Maharal testifies (in 1595) to this in Nesiv Hatorah ch. 5: והכל ...
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Websites or books about the Torah and history of the world

I am looking for recommendations of good websites and books that talk about various ways of understanding the 'conflicts' between the Torah and a modern understanding of the age of the universe, the ...
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What software to use to write a multi-section sefer?

What software is available that allows Hebrew and English and multiple sections? i.e. the main section and then a footnote/pirush (section #2) on that, and then a 3rd section which footnotes items ...
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Aderet's Anonymous Sefer and Haskamah?

In this post, https://www.torahmusings.com/2013/04/my-nom-de-plume-exposed/ , R' Michael Broyde says that "Finally, [Professor Marc B.] Shapiro informed me that the Aderet published a book anonymously,...
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Difference Between Imrei Emes and Toras Emes

I noticed that Imrei Emes and Toras Emes, works written by R' Leibele Eiger, are often printed together. What's the difference between these two works? Did he simply compose two different commentaries ...
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Is there a book or online source explaining Jewish year-“type” sequences?

The current Judaic calendar allows for three types of year lengths: Chaser ("missing") - 353 days Kesidra ("in order") - 354 days Shalem ("full") - 355 days (Add 30 to each of the above for leap ...
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What would the status of the “Book of the Wars of God” be today?

The Torah makes reference to a Book of the Wars of God (Bamidbar 21:10-16). According to most opinions this was an actual written work which has been lost over time. It is not clear (at least to me) ...
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Books/ biography about the Ketzos and his learning methodology

Does anyone know of any noteworthy books/ biographies on R' Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller (1745 – 1812) author of the Ketzos Hachoshen, Avnei Miluim, and Shev Shmaytsa- that explain his learning ...
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Sefarim about how to respond or debate an apikores?

A friend of mine told me either the Steipler (or another gadol, my friend was not certain but recalled) wrote a Sefer concerning responding to an apikores. My main question inquires if any Sefer ...
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Seforim about Halachic status of Beta Israel

I am looking for any seforim that talk about the halachic status of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews). (I remember once seeing a book generally about yichus of Jews, mainly the Russians and the ...
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Did Rabbis reflect on their cognitive processes?

I was probably too harsh attributing various cognitive biases to Rabbis, so I'd like apologize and to step back. With some background in Cognitive sciences, I'm very interested in understanding the ...
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Books on philosophical questions underpinning Halachah

In Deuteronomy, Moses says "For this command that I command you today is not a wonder to you and it is not distant..." I want to explore the (possible) tension between this sentiment and laws whose ...
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What are the 35 cardinal principles enumerated by Jedaiah Penini in the last chapter of his Behinat ha-Dat?

Others, like Crescas and David ben Samuel Estella, spoke of seven fundamental articles, laying stress on free-will. On the other hand, David ben Yom-Tob ibn Bilia, in his "Yesodot ha- Maskil" (...
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Does the Talmud continue to use extra Tanachic sources?

I'm trying to draw an analogy between the written and the oral Torah. After the Mishna was signed, the Sages continued to use extra-Mishnaic sources forever (Toseftah, Midrashim, etc). After the 24 ...
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Source for a Chassidic story

I recall this story about a rebbe who is given a Sefer by some Malach. Or maybe he wrote it himself, I don't remember. He tells his chassidim that if any of them copy it, they will be sent to gehinom. ...
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Book on changing habits and middot (character traits) improvement?

There is now an increasing body of secular literature on how changing habits can help change character (e.g., The Power of Habit, Atomic Habits) but this is not new to us (see Rambam's Hilchot Deot 1:...
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Newer edition of Zohar HaRakiah

The Rashbatz (Rabbi Shimon Ben Tzemach, 15th century) authored a commentary on Rashbag's (Rabbi Shlomo ibn Gabirol, 11th century) Azharos (poem on the 613 mitzvos) called Zohar HaRakiah. There's an ...
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What are some good modern Brisker/Chakira based analysis sefarim by masechta?

I'm a big fan of the Brisker/Chakira approach to gemara b'iyun and looking for a sefer that I can use to learn either alone or with a chavrusa. I'm looking for something in Hebrew, and (a) by ...
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Is it permitted to learn Torah with one's wife?

Is it permitted to learn Torah with one's wife? And if so, are there any special recommendations for what to study with her? Generally speaking I understand that men don't take women as Chavrutas, ...
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Commentaries on aruch hashulchan

Did anyone write a peirush on aruch hashulchan?(on the choshen mishpat part) I am looking for a english or hebrew commentary.
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Where can the Tosafot of Rabbi Samson of Sens be found?

This might be quite a basic question, but there’s a passage from Rabbi Samson of Sens’s commentary on Mishnah Eduyot 1:5 that I’ve seen quoted in a few books eg here. (Sometimes it’s quoted as being ...
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Where can I find the radio program of יחוה דעת?

The books called יחוה דעת were authored by Rabbi Ovadya Yosef. In the title page, it states that these books are essentially transcriptions of a radio show called פניני הלכה, with small additions. ...
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Where can I find R. Hirsch's Hebrew essay on Agaddos?

There is a essay on Aggados written by R. Samson Raphael Hirsch, sometimes it appears in loose translation in English here and there. But I feel that doesn't convey its meaning properly (I suppose). ...
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Is there an English translation of Die wichtigsten Instanzen gegen die Graf-Wellhausensche Hypothese?

Is there an English translation of Die wichtigsten Instanzen gegen die Graf-Wellhausensche Hypothese? This is the book in German by R' Dovid Tzvi Hoffman זצ''ל, disproving the documentary hypothesis.
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Is there a code of the Rosh in a single volume?

I am familiar of modern single volume editions of the codes of Rambam (other) and Alfasi. I have yet to come across such a volume of the Rosh. Has such such a volume been produced?
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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 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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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 ...