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Questions tagged [jewish-books]

Books about or of Judaism

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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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What Jewish References Exist of the Rise of Christianity and Jesus? [closed]

The New Testament records interactions between Jesus and Jews, and according to historical accounts, he lived in places with Jewish communities, in addition to condemning some. The earliest Torah ...
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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 ...
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Looking for a book on the historic development of halakhah

Would anyone be able to recommend a good intermediate level book-length treatment of the development of halakhah from the second temple period down to the present day, ideally in English? I am ...
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Is “Roh-eh Hanoled” a classical expression?

In Maus from Art Spiegelman, a rabbi tells Vladek he's a "Roh-eh Hanoled", one that sees what the future holds. It is an invention of his or does it exist in any classical or sacred source ?
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What books discuss general rules of Tanach? [closed]

In particular, I am looking for books that deal with philosophical and linguistic questions on Tanach, such as: If there is seemingly no reason to place one passuk before another, is it reasonable/...
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Books for beginners

[A friend involved in kiruv asked me the following question which I thought I would post here for further reference and to get additional suggestions] I am in contact with lots of Jews who want to ...
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Book recommendation for Jewish mindfulness

My Yom Kippur "cheshbon hanefesh" taught me that I should train myself to be conscious of the purpose of each activity, however trivial, as I engage in it through the day. (I think that this might be ...
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Anyone know where I can buy Seder Tikkun Chatzos by R' Sraya Deblitzky?

Full title: "סדר תקון חצות: כסדר האריז"ל ... עם הדינים השייכים ולוח תמידי של זמן חצות לילה ומיום זמן תיקון חצות. ונוסף בסופו הלכות קריעה על המקדש"
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White booklet that lists key pieces in Ramban Al HaTorah?

I was told there's a small white booklet which lists the main pieces in Ramban Al HaTorah for each parsha. I have asked around and people have told me that it has been out of print for a while. Does ...
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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 [closed]

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 ?