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English translation of Kuzari Sheini

Does anyone know of an online English translation of the Kuzari Sheini by R' David Nieto?
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Are there any writings which speak to the spiritual aspects of different materials (Metals/Wood/etc.)?

I found an article on Chabad which got into some spiritual ideas around metals. It specifically touches on Gold, Silver, and Copper and relates each to various concepts of holiness and spiritual ...
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Does the shemita year cancel a loan of a sefer?

Every seventh year, in the shemita year, all loans are cancelled. If I lent my friend a Sefer, does that get cancelled by the shemitta year?
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Where can I get Malbim on Mishley in English?

I am trying to find "Malbim on Mishley: The Commentary of Rabbi Meir Leibush Malbim on the Book of Proverbs". The book seems to be out of stock. I cannot even find a used version. Any ideas ...
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Good picture seforim (books) for nach [duplicate]

I am having a hard time keeping track of all of the places and wars in Sefer Yehoshua and Shoftim (and probably will for the rest of nach). Are there any good seforim which go through nach and have ...
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Sefer Yereim divided into 613 mitzvos

The Sefer Yereim by Rav Eliezer MiMitz is an important work on halacha. It's also a list of the 613 mitzvos, as that is how he organized this halachic work. What many do not know is he based his list ...
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Aruch ha-Shulchan he-Atid online

Is the entire Aruch ha-Shulchan he-Atid available online anywhere? There are some volumes on Otzar but they definitely aren't the whole thing. For instance the final volume included covers the laws of ...
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Hesronot Hashas English translation

I am looking for an English translation of the Hesronot Hashas. Anyone aware of an honest and complete translation of this document? Also what does Hesronot Hashas mean?
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What was the first systematic book about Jewish tradition?

If I follow Rabbinic sources from the Torah to Rambam, I spot a progression from essentially unstructured and non-systematic books such as the Tanakh to Midrashic anthologies and Halachic compendia, e....
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Where to buy individual seforim? [duplicate]

I am looking for a Yalkut Yosef Tzitzit (In hebrew) but I believe it's only sold together in the full set of 24. I don't mind buying it used. Is there anywhere I'd be able to find this sefer ...
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Seforim addressing numbness of heart?

Shalom, Does anyone know any books / chapters in books that deal specifically with the problem of numbness of heart? I am looking for discussion / teaching on the causes and the remedies for this ...
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ציורים ממתנות כהונה לא, יא Page in Midrash Rabbah

I found a page at the back of Midrash Rabbah with that title and rows of boxes. Does anyone know what it is?
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Mikraos Gedolos Recommendation

Can anyone please suggest/recommend a pocket set of Mikraos Gedolos besides for the 48 book set Oz Vhadar one? I'm just looking for a pocket chumash with the basic meforshim. Thanks so much, ...
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Seforim or Sources with Questions in Talmudic/Halachic learning without Answers

Does anyone know of particular seforim where there would be questions posed in talmudic, halachic or lomdish topics, but without answers? I'm just wondering if there are seforim where there are ...
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Tosfos Rabbeinu Peretz on Sanhedrin

I saw in Rav Steinsaltz's commentary on Sanhedrin 17a a reference to Tosafos Rabbeinu Peretz. Is Tosafos Rabbeinu Peretz on Sanhedrin available online anywhere?
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Maaneh Lashon - Book

My grandfather used to use this book when he was alive to daven at the cemeteries of his relatives each year. https://i.stack.imgur.com/RMNwb.jpg (The first pages are different but the rest looks ...
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Torah Commentary of R. Nissim of Marseilles

Is the commentary of R. Nissim of Marseilles on the Torah available for free online?
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What's that pointer finger in pages of Shulhan 'Aruch? [duplicate]

Is there a name for the pointer finger that appears in certain places in printed pages of Shulhan 'Aruch? I assume its purpose is to highlight an important point, but is it employed in a consistent ...
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Commentary of Rash Sirilio on Zeraim

Does anyone know where I can find the commentary of Rash Sirilio on Seder Zeraim?
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Ma'aseh Oreg on Mishnah Machshirin

Artscroll edition of Machshirin refers to something called Ma'aseh Oreg making a comment on mishnah 5:7. I can't find any work of this name on either Hebrewbooks, Otzar or Bar Ilan. Or indeed Google......
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What is the Chasam Sofer saying here about תש“פ being bad and תשפ”א being good?

He seems to be saying something about תש"פ being bad and תשפ"א being good.
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Netziv's drasha on purim

The Netziv in Ha'ameik She'eilah refers to his drasha for Purim. What is the name of the sefer with the Netziv's drashos and where can I find it (preferably online)? Thanks in advance.
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Does a (printed) Tanach have more Kedusha than a (printed) Torah?

Does the amount of Kedusha that a sefer has add up, or is it capped? Is Tanach equal to Torah plus Nach, or is it limited to just Torah? My intention when I first posted this was for which one should ...
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Biography of Rabbi Mordechai Carlebach [closed]

A very popular book in the "yeshivishe" world is the Sefer Chavatzeles Hasharon by Rabbi Mordechai Carlebach. It has many shiurim on the Parsha, with a lot of lomdus. I am wondering if ...
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What exactly is “prohibited magic” in Judaism?

It appears that "magic" in most "modern" "western" civilizations is prohibited. But societies like those in China or Latin America or Africa have mentions of all kinds of ...
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Where can one purchase Kedoshim Tihyu

Where can i buy this Sefer? https://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=57593&st=&pgnum=19 I can't find it anywhere.
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Must seforim be printed with margins?

I have heard that there is a halacha that seforim must be printed with margins, so that scholars will be able to write notes on their learning. Is there any source for this? If this is not in fact ...
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Where is the rest of Rabbi Shmuel Belkin's manuscript of The Midrash of Philo?

I am currently researching Philo of Alexandria, also known as Philon (פילון) or Yedidyah HaKohen of Alexandria. There is a book that was prepared in manuscript by Rabbi Shmuel (Samuel) Belkin, z”l, ...
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Where did the manuscript for Shoreshei HaMitzvot l’Ramchal come from?

There is a newly printed book entitled שורשי המצות לרמח׳ל claiming to be from a never before published manuscript from Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato. Does anyone know more about the discovery of this lost ...
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Sefardi Hilchot aveilut online

Do we have any sefardi Halachic book (pdf format) in English dealing with Hilchot Aveilut Online? I need it a bit urgently to study it this Tisha b'Av.
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Dictionaries of Mishnaic/Rabbinic Hebrew

Do dictionaries exist that focus on the vocabulary of Rabbinic/Mishnaic Hebrew, including idioms? Ideally, I am hoping that a dictionary exists that includes Rabbinic/Mishnaic Hebrew as well as the ...
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Beit ha-Otzar (Shadal)

I'm tearing my hair out trying to find an online copy of Shadal's Beit ha-Otzar volume 2. Volume 1 seems fairly widely available online but not volume 2... Can anyone help?
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Which Torah and Tanakh is used in Ashkenazi and Sefardi? [duplicate]

I edit the question a little... What is the authoritative text/version of the Torah and Kanakh for Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews? With that I mean, which text do they use when they create a scroll and in ...
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How to get a self-published sefer into all of the Seforim stores?

Nowadays, there are a variety of very quick, reliable, and cost-effective ways to self-publish a book online. Sites like Lulu made it very easy to create a sefer for under $20. However, they don't ...
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What seforim or books were written on the Torah approach to modern-day philosophy such as humanism or classical liberalism?

Although I have seen paragraphs here and there in various books explaining the torah hashkafa on specific values (i.e. Rav Kook, Rav Illowy, Lord Sacks on slavery), I have yet to seen a book that ...
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Is the Aleppo Codex hekdesh?

Every 10 or so pages of the Keter, the words קדש לה' לא ימכר ולא יגאל are written across the top. These words are based on Vayikra 27:28, which discusses hekdesh. Does that mean somebody actually ...
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Mikdash David, Kuntres Tohorot 3:4

The Artscroll elucidated Mishnah (Oholot 4:1) contains a footnote referring to Mikdash David, Kuntres Tohorot 3:4 (d'h והנה זה). Can anyone help me find a copy of this source?
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Ma'ayan HaChochmah - Written by Moshe?

I found the book Ma'ayan HaChochmah in many editions, all of which are attributed to Moshe Rabbeinu. Here are some examples: 1, 2, 3, 4. What is the history of this book? Is it unanimous that it was ...
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M'karev an elder reformed fellow

Say I wanted to learn with an elder fellow (80s) who's always Been irreligious his entire life. What should I learn with him to bring him to Religion. Keep in mind: He can read Hebrew, he believes in ...
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Book (or section of one) about the years of the Jewish kings and their variations depending on their actions?

As anyone who's learned Sefer Melachim knows, there are a lot of places where the years of the kings of Yehuda and Yisrael don't quite seem to match up. (See this question.) As an example, Rechavam ...
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Similar Book Recommendations [closed]

Chodesh Tov, I just finished reading As A Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg and I truly enjoyed it. I feel the book spoke to me and the questions I am struggling with religiously. I was wondering if you ...
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Modern Zohar printing with older pagination

Has the Zohar been reprinted in such a way where the pagination follows the old printing? Meaning, it is common to find myriads of editions that where printed in modern times, but I have found that ...
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A listing according to Rambam's four categories of mitzvos

The Rambam in Shoresh 9 of Sefer HaMitzvos says that there are four categories of mitzvos: דע שכל צוויי התורה ואזהרותיה הנה הם בארבעה דברים. בדעות ובפעולות ובמדות ובדבור Deos (Beliefs, Attitudes, ...
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Censored letters of the book Peri Haarets

I am looking for an uncensored version of the letters, from which we have a censored version in the standard versions of the Peri Haarets. I would appreciate some links. Note. Peri Haarets is the ...
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What is the correct translation of Exodus 6:3?

According to BHS, Exodus 6:3 reads: וָאֵרָ֗א אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֛ם אֶל־יִצְחָ֥ק וְאֶֽל־יַעֲקֹ֖ב בְּאֵ֣ל שַׁדָּ֑י וּשְׁמִ֣י יְהוָ֔ה לֹ֥א נוֹדַ֖עְתִּי לָהֶֽם׃ This all almost universally translated as ...
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Maharam Shiff’s Mnemonic indexes

The Wikipedia page (from Jewish encyclopedia) for Rabbi Meir Shiff states: A mnemonic index to the Bible and the Talmud by him is also extant. Where can I find such an index?
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Koren Talmud Yerushalmi [Hardcover] [duplicate]

Does anyone know if this Talmud Yerushalmi is Menukad or not?
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Help trying to find the lifespan of an ancient rabbi

Zohar (Vayikra 10a) quotes a sefer by R. Hamnunab [Hanunah] Sabah, a sage of Second Beit HaMikdash times. Thing is, I can't pin-point the lifespan. Can someone help me with this? Toda.
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Where is the heichal shlomo rabbinical library today?

Heichal Shlomo in the Rechavia neighborhood of Jerusalem used to be where the seat of the chief rabbis of Israel was. There was a rabbinical library there with 50,000 -60,000 seforim when it was the ...
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Recommendation of Books [duplicate]

What books a person pursuing a orthodox conversion normally must read during the entire process. I want to convert in bnei brak

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