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What was the purpose of the gathering mentioned in "Mekitz Nirdamim"

I came across a Sefer Called Meikitz Nirdamim- מקיץ נרדמים. I believe it was written to put forth information about a failed gathering of Rabbis in Krakow. what was the goal of this gathering from a ...
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How can you know which Torah books are advisable to read, and which aren't? [closed]

Some Torah books are written by non-frum authors: they do not follow all of Jewish law. It is generally best to avoid reading such books. (Source.) I wrote: "How can you know what's advisable ...
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You find a decades-old book on Judaism. You don't know if the author's frum. How can you know if it's fine to read the book?

Some Torah books are written by non-frum authors: they do not follow all of Jewish law. It is generally best to avoid reading such books. (Source.) Perhaps you get most of your Torah books from the ...
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Are Dr. Barilan's bioethical writings consistent with Orthodox Jewish law? [closed]

Background In general, it's better not to read Torah books by non-frum authors. (Source.) Occasionally, you might stumble across an author you've never heard of. Maybe they're frum; but you don't ...
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Is it okay to read Torah books by non-frum authors?

Background You're browsing your local library's Judaism section. There are various books on matters related to Judaism, Jewish law, and the Torah. Some of these books are written by Jewish authors ...
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Introductory sefer on Gematria?

I am interested in learning more about gematrias. Namely, I am looking for an English-language sefer that discusses some of the more famous gematrias and the lessons that we can learn from them. ...
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What are some good modern-era books on Hilchos Shabbos in Hebrew?

Looking for something late 20th Century or later: Shmiras Shabbos Kehilchasa Kitzur Hilchos Shabbos Others? (What did R' Shimon Eider write?) How do the above compare? Others you'd suggest? This is ...
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What is the sefer hasichos ? How is it different from likkutei sichos? [duplicate]

What is sefer hasichos? I know what toras menachem is, what likkutei sichos is, but what's sefer hasichos? How is it different from likkutei sichos?
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Seeking recommendations for a set of טור ושולחן ערוך

I am seeking recommendations for a set of טור ושולחן ערוך. (A set “in progress” is worthwhile for consideration too — I mostly learn אורח חיים and יורה דעה so I’m not really needing a full set anyway ...
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Feet on table connected to another table with Torah books

I understand that it is forbidden to put one's feet on a table that has Torah books. What if the Torah books are on one table, which is connected to the table one wishes to put one's feet up on? ...
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Feet/sitting on table with Torah books - size and shape of table

I understand that it is forbidden to put one's feet on a table that has Torah books. Does the size and shape of the table make any difference? For example, regarding shape: a curved desk, that is ...
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Searching for the commentary of Rabbi Menahem ben Simeon of Posqui​è​res to Jeremiah and Ezekiel

Over Pesach I was taking a deeper dive into the Haggadah and saw an unusual reference in the Koren Tanach from Rabbi Adin Even Yisroel Steinsaltz to the commentary from Rabbi Menachem ben Shimon (...
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What are volumes 3 and 4 of _Shemirath Shabbath_ about?

Shemirath Shabbath is the English translation of a work by Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth. The books explain how to keep Shabbat. They also explain the halacha regarding modern conveniences such as fridges ...
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Story about the Ben Ish Chai selling his precious sefer Torah in order to publish his seforim

Rav Daniel Glatstein in his Maggid HaRakiah (Inyanei Purim) quotes a story about the Ben Ish Chai desperately wanting to sell his seforim but had no money to publish them. The story goes that he had ...
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Reference book needed

Any suggestions for a reference book that is a "Who's Who" of persons named in the Tanach? Persons do appear in multiple places (such as in Shmuel and Divrei Hayamim, or in the lives of ...
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Deep dive into learning about Matriarchs?

I would like to learn more about the Imahot. I am happy to hear about books written focussing on this topic, gathering sources and summarising them into some easy reading, as well as hear any list of ...
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Book/Sefarim recommendations that explore the deeper meaning of Eretz Yisrael?

Does anyone have any Book/Sefarim recommendations that explore the deeper meaning of Eretz Yisrael as a whole and/or specific places in Israel? The books can be in Hebrew or English.
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Anyone heard of the sefer Peri Netzach?

I saw this floating around recently regarding the earthquake, solar eclipse and the tensions between Israel and Iran, however, I've never heard of the sefer Peri Netzach, and nothing comes up about it ...
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What has the Haredi reception of Gershom Sholem been like?

I once heard that Gershom Scholem's purported rescuing of the Zohar & other works of kabbalah from near extinction was seen as an institutionalized act of thievery by some frum who believed ...
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Looking for Esek Hashchita

Where can one acquire the Sefer 'Esek Hashchita' by Rabbi Dovid SHAFFIER? Either pdf or hard copy
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Is sefer Avkat Rochel available in English anywhere?

Is the sefer Avkat Rochel by the rishon Rabbeinu Makir ben Abba Mori of Lunel available anywhere in English?
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Where Can I Find a Full Set of Metikat Hapri?

There is an excellent set of green hard cover seforim (super commentary) by R. Refael Lofer on parts of Pri Megadim called Metikas Hapri. I own one volume. Where in the US can one locate a full set?
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English Language Textbook Made by Artscroll

When I was a kid we used an English literacy reader that was rumored to have been secretly produced by Artscroll under a different name in order to have a "tznius" textbook. Has anyone else ...
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What is the sefer עץ אבות

In Rav Emden's pirush of perek shirah, זמרת הארץ, he references a sefer or pirush called עץ אבות. Where can I find the sefer as well as the specific point of reference within this sefer? It's ...
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Is there a caution in Torah against leaning on sifrei kodesh

BH Is there a worry of leaning on sifrei kodesh like leaning your left elbow on the book while doing something else with your right hand?
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Minchas Chinuch - Kuntres Bnei Noach ,is it available or lost?

This shabbos I came across a reference to a Kuntres bnei Noach in the Minchas Chinuch Parshas Mishpatim on the mitzvah of Dini geneiva. Has anyone seen this kuntres anywhere ,is it available, is it ...
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Sefarim explaining R Akiva Eiger on shas

I recently saw a sefer called Sadeh Eliyahu that goes through the GRA on shas and elaborates what he is saying. I'm wondering if anyone has ever done something similar for R Akiva Eiger's Gilyon ...
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Background of the Hasagat HaRa'avad on Rambam

A few questions about the Ra'avad: What does Hasagat mean in the context of the title of Hasagat HaRa'avad? I have seen the term used in reference to his works "HaRa'avad BeHasagatsv" So it ...
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Edition of Mesilat Yesharim

Can someone please recommend an edition of Mesilat Yesharim? I am looking for an edition with the following features. All Hebrew Nice, clear print Elucidations/commentaries for difficult passages ...
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Do all hasidim/some frum follow Shulchan aruch haRav? [duplicate]

Do all hasidim, Satmar/Chabad/Breslov etc follow the Shulchan aruch haRav? is there any hasidic group that mainly uses Mishnah Berurah for halacha lemaaseh primarily? I know frum Ashkenazim mainly use ...
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Basic Kabbalah books for kids

I'm looking for children's books that teach basic Kabbalah concepts in a simple way. Preferably with illustrations and stories. EDIT: For all the discussion in the comments, remember that I am asking ...
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Kabbalistic concepts taught in an allegorical story

Looking for a book filled with stories (real or allegorical) which implicitly teach different Kabalistic concepts and how they're applied/relevant to different situations. Something like a Kabbalistic ...
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Is there a Sefer that explains each 'melech' in the megilla? [duplicate]

Esther Rabba (3:10) says that any place in the megilla where it says מלך without specifying אחשוורוש afterwards, it is referring to both the mundane king - Achashverosh, and to the holy king - hashem. ...
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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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R. Shlomo Klonitsky-Kline's dictionary of synonyms and homonyms

According to the Hebrew Wikipedia article on R. Shlomo Klonitsky-Kline it is said that he composed a dictionary of Hebrew synonyms and homonyms titled מלון דקדוקי (CMIIW, all of them related to Torah ...
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Best Seforim Stores in USA and Israel?

What seforim stores in the USA and Israel that ship, objectively, have the most extensive selection? Especially for Kabbalah, chassidus, machshava and Rav Kook? In USA east coast region optimal. In ...
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Who is the Yalkut Moshe

Where can i find information about the author of the Sefer Yalkut Moshe? Thank you in advance.
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What is the section labeled מענה לשון in a Chumash?

Looking at a sample page of the Chumash Simanim (for ex. here), I see the Torah text, Targum Onkelos, Rashi, and, at the foot of the page, a section labeled מענה לשון. What is this last section, and ...
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English translation of Ibn Ezra's Torah commentary

I'm trying to look for a book with Ibn Ezra's commentary on the Torah, with both Hebrew, and English translations. However, I can't find one. Could anyone recommend a book which has this?
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online database containing seforim information

does anyone know of an online database that has seforim information, including author, year of publication, and short description. Thanks in advance
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Does the Kuntres Yeshivas Eretz Yisroel exist?

In the Eim Habonim Smeichah, the Mishnah Sachir makes many references to a Kuntres Yeshivas Eretz Yisroel by a certain R' Yonah Dov Blumberg from Dvinsk. Is this kuntres in publication? Is anyone ...
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Rav Chaim Palagi on what is more important: writing seforim or giving shiurim

I heard in an interview with Rabbi Daniel Glatstein and ArtScroll (min. 39:47) that Rav Chaim Palagi wrote on the importance of writing seforim. Rav Chaim Palagi is said to have explained that writing ...
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Buying seforim online

Is there a problem with buying seforim from a (non-Jewish) online seller, such as Amazon? eg. do we need to worry about how they have treated the seforim (eg. thrown the packages around)? If there ...
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Chasam Sofer Biography

Does anybody have any recommendations for a Biography about the Chasam Sofer? I'm really interested in learning more about him and the events in his life that may have influenced his writings.
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Modern/ legible edition of Chik’kei Lev

Is anyone aware of a modern edition, or transcription, of Rabbi Chaim Palaggi’s responsa Chik’kei Lev? The only edition I can find on Otzar and on HebrewBooks is a scan that’s barely legible. And it ...
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Different publishers of kovetz mefarshim

I'm wondering what the different major publishers of kovetz mefarshim on Gemara are, and if there are any pros/cons to the different editions. In general, and if known regarding Kiddushin specifically....
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What are the best books that teach Dikduk? [duplicate]

What are the best books to learn Dikduk? Both Lashon Hakodesh and Rabbinic/Mishnaic Hebrew.
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Does anyone know from which book this excerpt comes from?

Someone posted this excerpt on social media: Freedom in Judaism is defined by the ability of the soul to rule over the body, the capacity of the mind to channel the emotions of the heart. Not that ...
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Sefer on the chagim/moadei Hashana

Looking for a sefer that discusses the energy that's in the world at every time period throughout the Jewish calendar (so each month and each chag). Which sefer can I turn to for this info? Ideally ...
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Content of the various sets of Chabad books [duplicate]

I was wondering about the differences between the various sets of Chabad books by the Rebbe, for example, Likkutei sichos vs sefer hasichos vs likkutei sichos parshioyos, sefer maamorim, sefer ...
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