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Questions tagged [jewish-books]

Books about or of Judaism

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Is there a definitive diagram showing the relationship between Jewish scriptures?

I am not Jewish, just interested in the culture and history. I was looking for a diagram which shows the relationship between various Jewish texts -- Torah, Midrash, etc. -- everything that is ...
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Deleted attacks on the Shulchan Aruch in Pri Chadash

The bibliography in the English Me'am Lo'ez haggadah says of Pri Chadash that it "often strongly attacks the opinions of the Shulchan Aruch. Its strongest language was deleted from later editions." ...
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What was censored in Sefer HaChinuch?

While reading Reb Yaakov (page 191), the following line caught my eye: The Sunday morning shiur...Reb Yaakov finished...the uncensored version of Sefer HaChinuch What could this be referring to? I ...
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Guide for complete daily prayer/blessings

I was raised secular/Christian (secular Jewish mom) and am reconnecting to my Judaism. I just moved to a place with no significant Jewish community or rabbis for a few hours. (Luckily I lived in a ...
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Is there an online resource like Jewish Encyclopedia available that is more up to date?

I find the Jewish Encyclopedia (1901-1906) to be an invaluable resource but alas it is quite old. Is there a similar but more updated encyclopedia available online anywhere?
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Siddur on top of Tehilim?

Between a siddur (prayer book) and Tehilim (or other book of Nach), which should go on top? also, is there a distinction between printed or handwritten?
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Why may berachos be recited at a bris while the baby's erva is uncovered?

We know that one is not permitted to make a bracha or say devarim shebikedusha in front of nakedness. Why then is it permitted for the mohel and father at a bris to make their berachos when the baby's ...
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Chronology of writing of the works of the Rema

In the name of more clearly understanding which work represents his most final conclusion, and in the purely academic interest of knowing which works were drawing from the others, I am curious as to ...
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Why is the word “Talmud” censored? [duplicate]

In Megillah 2a, Rashi writes: שמצינו בכמה מקומות בשם ר"א בר' יוסי סתימתאי Regardless of the context there, as it's not needed for this question, Oz Vehadar brings from Dikdukei Sofrim (I don't ...
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Selling Gemara to non-Jews

Is it permissible for someone to sell sefarim (e.g., a gemara) to non-Jews? Does it make a difference if they are messianic "Jews" (people who believe Jesus is Moshiach)?
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Where did the Semag Go?

Premise - the Semag was one of the popular/accepted works by a Rishon, and thus was chosen to be placed in the Ein Mishpat/Ner Mitzvah with Rambam and Tur. The Semak was written based off of it, as ...
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Sefer of Kabbalistic sources of the mitzvots

I am looking for a book, in English, that elucidates the kabbalistic reasons for the mitzvos.
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Legend of Bahamut giant fish/whale that carries earth on its back?

There is a Islamic account of a giant fish/whale that carries the earth on its back and resides in a vast ocean. It is a authentic narration but is said its a Israiliyat account - meaning fables ...
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Is the “Sefer Sheva Mitzvot HaShem” by Rabbi Moshe Weiner an authoritative legal code for the Noahides?

I am an Italian gentile believer in HaShem, who engages in the observance of the Noahide Precepts, as commanded by the Creator in the Torah. Unfortunately, there is no Halachic study in the Italian ...
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Is there a book that summarizes various Chassidic customs?

B"H, the NYC area has so many groups of Hassidm. I am quite fascinated by the variance in their customs and dress. Is there a book that lists the most "common" groups of Hassidim? (I don't have an ...
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English Book on Trop

My question is simple: is there an English-language book on cantillation, which includes Ta'amei Eme"t, rare trop, and their grammatical purposes ? I've seen books on learning to lehn and recognise ...
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Must one follow Minhagim he reads in books?

If an Ashkenazi reads of a minhag, for example in Mishna Brura which it says Ashkenazim follow (the Rema), must he follow it? Or is it only what a father teaches his children?
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Are women allowed to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh in orthodox Judaism?

Miryam was a prophetess, and Deborah was a judge. Are women allowed to teach men or to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh according to halakhah?
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Is one allowed to learn a book written by a rabbi who was accused and convicted of impropriety? [duplicate]

What is the status of books from rabbis who were accused of impropriety? The question would also likely also apply to online shiurim. For example, here is is a very good book from a rav who admitted ...
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What's controversial about Chemdat HaYamim?

This answer from @Oliver mentions The controversial book Hemdat Ha-yamim... What is Chemdat HaYamim, and what is controversial about it? I know this is a very simple question but I wasn't ...
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Peirush on Lecha Dodi

I’m looking for an in depth explanation of the Lecha Dodi we say on Friday night. Is there any peirush out there that does this?
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Can anyone suggest books detailing the lives and philosophies of various sages? [closed]

I'm seeking out books which go into details about the lives and ideas of the various Jewish sages. Obviously, a single book for all is unlikely but any suggestions are welcome.
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Looking for a good introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy

I'm interested in learning more about the different philosophical opinions amongst the early Rishonim, such as Maimonides, R' Yehuda Halevi, etc. I was hoping someone could recommend a good resource....
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Encyclopedia of Tzaddikim

Sheimos HaTzaddikim is a very unique prayer within Breslov which is pretty much reciting the names of many righteous people, from characters within the Tanach to fairly modern figures. I could not ...
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Sefer for significance of names in Torah

I am looking for a sefer which delineates the significance and meaning of many names in Torah, but more specifically the lists of names, found in Noach, Vayeira, Chayei Sarah, Vayishlach, Vayigash, ...
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Seforim on Moshiach

I was hoping someone could give me the names of several Seforim which are best with regard to Inyanei Moshiach? I refer specifically to Moshiach as in the person himself, not the time period. In ...
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The learning of Bris Milah

I am interested to learn the halachos of Hilchos Milah in a more practical manner. Are there any books that one can recommend? Hebrew or English works.
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Provenance of Testament of Rabbi Eliezer

There is a work known as Tsavaat Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, which is purported to be have been authored by the Tanna R. Eliezer. According to R. Menahem Lunzano cited here, the work was actually authored ...
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Is there a “most trusted” translation for the Pirkei Avot - ethics of our fathers?

I always seem to have this issue when choosing Jewish texts. I never know if certain books are more trusted than others. I was curious if there was a version of the Pirkei Avot that is considered the ...
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Where are there English or German translations of either “Maaseh Torah” by R. Yehudah HaNasi or the “Maaseh Torah” by Vilna Gaon?

Where are there English or German translations of either "Maaseh Torah" by R. Yehudah HaNasi or the "Maaseh Torah" by Vilna Gaon? I will also consider reading any of these in vowelled-Hebrew or in ...
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Source for Arizal’s teaching

I’m reading a book by Rabbi Shlomo Arush and he says the following: "According to our master, the Arizal, whoever wants to receive the light of Ein Sof in its entirety has to change its own nature ...
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What halachic sefarim do sofrim learn?

I was told by one of my Roshei Yeshiva that there are books that are designated for sofrim (scribes). Does anyone know what are the main books they use to review the Halachot and as reference for ...
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Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future

Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future?
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When did usage of “Hashem” to refer to G-d gain traction?

It seems as though virtually all seforim (especially those written by Acharonim and earlier) refer to G-d as either Hakodosh Boruch Hu or Ribono Shel Olom, and never as "Hashem." Similarly, I don't ...
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Who compiled and arranged the Ashkenaz Kinnos?

The Kinnos read nowadays on Tisha B'Av seem to have been standardized more or less amongst Ashkenazim to the same 40-odd kinnos, but it obviously wasn't always the case. Many of the Kinnos were ...
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Problem with Likkutei Maharil

I was listening to a shiur by Rav Asher Weiss on asmachta and he brought three explanations for its purpose: Ritvah - A derabannan that has a source in the torah Tosafos and Rambam - Memorization ...
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Good resources for learning dikduk [duplicate]

I am really interested in dikduk and am always trying to learn more. Does anyone have any good resources to learn dikduk, preferably online, if not a book/sefer is fine. Thanks
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The Interface at HebrewBooks.org [closed]

When I load a page at Hebrew Books, the text appears on screen, for less than one second, in a computer font which is then replaced by an image of the printed page in which the characters coincide ...
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Are any other Jewish prophecies extant beyond those in Tanach?

When Klal Yisrael had access to prophecy, there were many thousands of people who achieved prophecy, but we are taught that only those whose prophecies were applicable throughout all generations had ...
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Composed with the desire of our Father in heaven

Both the sefer Ohr Sameach and Meshech Chochmah, written by Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, have on their title page the words חובר ברצון אבינו שבשמים (See http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=...
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Mistaken identity of “Rabbi Chanina” in some siddurim

In the Kabbalas Shabbos service, which concludes with "Omar Rabbi Elozor," the previous paragraph is taken from Shabbos 12a. תניא חנניא אומר חייב אדם למשמש בבגדו ע"ש עם חשכה אמר רב יוסף הלכתא רבתי ...
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What is a “Chosson Shas”?

My community has a local email list where people post items that they want or items for sale, etc. This morning, I saw a post requesting an Oz Vehadar Chosson Shas. I must be an early-aged "A.K." ...
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Was the sefer Ein Yehosef ever reprinted?

You can see the sefer Ein Yehosef here ein yehosef and here ein yehosef 2. I want to know if it was ever reprinted and if not where I can purchase an original copy?
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Arizal and Yosef Karo [closed]

There's a famous tradition/legend that the Arizal, R Yosef karo and R Elazar azikri (the author of sefer Charedim) prayed in one shul, where R Yosef Karo served as the Rabbi and R Elazar azikri served ...
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Rav Saadia Gaon Siddur in English

Is there a English translation of Rav Saadia Gaon's siddur? I've only been able to find PDF and print versions in Hebrew.
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Teaching Jewish morals/ethics to children: books and other aids

Looking for books with ethical and moral dilemnas (scenarios) that can serve as starting points for discussions with kids 7 year old and older to explore Jewish moral and ethical values and laws. Not ...
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did anyone summarize/organize the laws of marriage (kesubois) after the Shulchan Aruch was written

i see that there is no aruch hashulchan for hilchois kesubois is there anything similar? someone who explains the shulchan aruch hilshos kezubois, or someone who lived after the shulchan aruch and ...
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Netzach Yisroel by the Mahral

Can someone give me information on the book netzach Yisroel by the Mahral, like what is it about, what category does it fall under, and difficulty level reading and understanding it?
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Meir Einei Yisroel on כבוד שמים [closed]

The Chofeitz Chayim says in Meir Einei Yisroel the following: "Why do we wait for Mashiach? Because we need parnassa, a cure for a disease, nachas from our children? Because someone in our family ...
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Michtav Me’Eliyahu on the Destruction of Edom [closed]

Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler writes in Michtav Me’Eliyahu the following: "The destruction of Edom [at the end of our last exile] will only come through the destruction of this world [as we know it]. ...