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Questions tagged [jewish-books]

Books about or of Judaism

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Source for skipping the first Shaar of Chovos HaLevavos

I heard today in Shul that there is a custom to "skip" the first Shaar of Chovos HaLevavos and substitute it by the Kuzari or the Mesilas Yesharim instead. Does anyone know what is the source for this?...
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Trying to find a quote of the Cheshek Shlomo

I'm trying to find the source of a quote I saw. I was reading an article about test tube beef and came across the following: [Rabbi Menachem] Genack noted another source for viewing cultured meat ...
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Rov Menashe Klein's Mishnah Halachos 18 vol responsa

I have been searching online as well as in seforim stores and can't seem to find a set of Rov Menashe Klein's Mishnah Halachos Shut set? Does anyone have any ideas where I could find a set. Thanks!
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How do Chasidim stack seforim?

Somewhat distressingly, Chasidim whose traditions include their own seforim seem often to prioritize them, when push comes to shove, over works of nigleh (="revealed," non-mystical knowledge, such as ...
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Rambam's Commentary on the Torah?

In the Seder HaDoros, published by R' Yechiel Heilprin in 1747, the author describes the life and legacy of many Jewish historical personalities including Rambam. I'm not sure how historically ...
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Are there any books on Seder Hishtalshelus?

I was wondering whether I could find a book which describes the stages of the seder hishtalshelus. The Seder Hishtalshelus refers to the chain-like descent of spiritual worlds (Olam/Olamot) between ...
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Tefillah Commentaries - Rishonim

Does anyone know of any Rishonim who explain tefillah? (To clarify: I'm looking for peirushim on the text itself. Mefarshim on the concept of Tefillah in general should be taken over here.)
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Looking for good book/sefer on Kilayim of clothing

I'm looking for a few good seforim on Hilchos Kilayim of clothing. I would love a sefer that works through the Shulchan Aruch as well as a sefer that deals with the Halachic issues of kilayim of ...
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Who are the Attributists Rambam speaks of

in the 'Guide for the Perplexed' by Rabbi Moshe Maimonides, who are the 'attributists' he speaks of? Are they other Jews with a different view, a different sect within Judaism, the Mohammedans, the ...
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Machon Yerushalayim Shulchan Aruch vs. Habahir Edition

Can someone who has knowledge of both explain the difference- other than price and space- between Machon Yerushalayim Shulchan Aruch and Habahir Edition. I currently use the Habahir and am happy with ...
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Looking for a Maggid Meisharim with footnotes/he'arot

I'm looking for an edition of Rav Yosef Karo's Maggid Meisharim that has footnotes as well as some sort of scholarly historical background to the sefer. Does anyone know of something like that?
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Translation to Issachar Jacobson's “נתיב בינה”

Rabbi Issachar Jacobson has a multivolume series on davening called "נתיב בינה". An English translation to the first volume is called "the weekday siddur". Does anyone know if there are English ...
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Seeking Table of Contents for Steinsalz English Edition of the Talmud

I would like to know which of the several volumes of the Steinsaltz English version of Talmud Masecta Sanhedrin includes pages 72-80. I had not been able to find this information on the web. The ...
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Rashi on Nach in English and with Nekudos

Where can I find/buy Sifrei Nach with Rashi translated into English and (even better) the Rashi with nekudos?
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How authoritative is the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch makes some clear statements that do not reflect the range of opinions. For example, Ch 53 #2, "...in the case of...vegetables, which are eaten after they are cooked, when the ...
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Zilberman seforim

Does anybody know of seforim written by members of the Zilberman community in Yerushalayim? I'm looking primarily for halachic works about implementing the Vilna Gaon's shitahs today, but I'd be ...
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Books on Dating and Marriage [closed]

Which books on the halakha and minhagim of dating and marriage are generally considered the most reliable?
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Who is the author of “How to Get Deeper into Torah Without Falling Off the Deep End”?

In an infamous short pamphlet called "How to Get Deeper into Torah Without Falling Off the Deep End" first published in 1994 by Laser Pages Publishing, the author, who goes by the title "Friedman the ...
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Seeking summary of 39 melachos

Seeking a summary of the practical application of the 39 melachos, organized by melacha. Preferably something much shorter than Rabbi Ribiat's 3 volume set. Ideally, available on the web. (English ...
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Placing a beard hair in a sefer [duplicate]

In my first yeshiva (which was a Chabad yeshiva), students would place loose hairs that had fallen from their beards into sforim. In my second yeshiva (which was a Litvak yeshiva), my rebbe made a ...
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Is the Midrash Chad Shenati available online?

According with this article, Midrash Chad Shenati was discovered in the Cairo Genizah almost a century ago. It is an early medieval midrashic collection most likely of eastern provenance, dating from ...
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Hirsch chumash online

Is there a Samson Raphael Hirsch pirush on chumash available online? Preferably an English version and preferably something easy to copy and paste off of. There are times I would like to post ...
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Referring to a rav with multiple sefarim

I've noticed that some rabbanim are referred to by the titles of multiple books. For example, R' Jair Bacharach (Wermeiser Rov between 1699-1702) is referred to both by the name of his shu"t, Chavot ...
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Is there a topic index for Igrot Moshe?

There are several topics that I offhand recall having seen in Igrot Moshe, but I have a tough time locating them. Is there a topic index, or even better an online search that I can do to locate ...
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Sefer on Igros Moshe

I was told that a while back a Sefer came out that went through a couple of the teshuvot in Igros Moshe and refuted some of the answers given. Due to some harsh remarks the author made in the ...
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Tetragrammaton in Non-Jewish Books

If there was a New Testament in Hebrew and it contained the Tetragrammaton in it, how would you get rid of it? Obviously it cannot be buried next to Sifrei Torah or other Holy works.
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Books on science and Torah in Hebrew

Can anyone recommend books in Hebrew that address the topic of science and Torah? The types of books that I'm looking for are ones that address the interplay between science and Torah including topics ...
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Shaarei Teshuvah by Rabbeinu Yonah online in English

Does anyone know where I can find Shaarei Teshuvah by Rabbeinu Yonah online? I am looking for some online resources in English.
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Leaving Sefarim Open and forgetfulness

I heard that there is an idea of not leaving a Sefer open because it can cause forgetfulness. Is this idea written about anywhere in Halachic literature? If so where is it located?
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Where online can I find mesilas yesharim, Seder havikuach

I understand that the first print of mesilas yesharim was, in the style of a conversation of a Chaham and a hosid, where can I find it online, in hebrew I only found english audio in the middle of ...
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Software for Shas like commentary

I am looking for word processing software where one can have main text in middle and commentaries on the sides and bottom similar to the talmud, mishna or shulchan aruch layout. Should be able to ...
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Can someone confirm that there are 305,487 words in the Tanach? [duplicate]

about 10 years ago, I wrote a comprehensive Gematria Calculator which calculated every possible sequential gematria in the whole Torah and Tehillim. http://www.secretorah.com Now I expanded it for ...
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Good sefer on chassidus [closed]

What would be a good sefer that would introduce me to the foundations of chassidic thought and prepare me to learn the seforim of the early chassidic masters?
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Why can't we uncensor all editions of Sefer Vayikra?

I heard according to our sages of blessed memory that certain editions of Sefer Vayikra were censored in Europe, because it says in Sefer Vayikra when the end comes Edom (The West/Christianity) will ...
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Downloading a book when you've already bought a physical copy

I'm starting college this semester, and my friends and I are discovering that some of the required books for our courses are seriously expensive. We've had some discussion about the ethics of ...
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Russian Translation of Meam Loez

The book, Meam Loez, written by Yaakov Culi in Ladino, has been translated into many languages. Has it been translated into Russian? If so, where can it be found? I know many Russians that would be ...
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Does Jewish Scripture/Tradition predict that Jews will be persecuted?

(Full disclosure: I am a Gentile and a Christian. I hope this isn't a problem and that my question will be appropriate here.) From the Seleucid period to the Middle Ages of Europe and, probably most ...
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Metsudah Publishers - Do they have an official webstore?

Does Metsudah Publishing Company have their own official webstore? I can only seem to find private Judaica and book webstores that sell their products, but not an official Metsudah webstore. Can ...
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Where in the Torah it is stated that one has to have a Jewish mother in order to be a Jew?

Torah has the highest authority on all books in Judaism inclusing Talmud and Mishnah. Can someone quote me a single verse in the Torah where it is clearly stated that one's mother has to be a Jew if ...
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How to find a copy of mesechta Derech Eretz online

How to find מסכת דרך ארץ רבה‏ and מסכת דרך ארץ זוטא‏ online in text and/or scan of a digital print? (Wiki: https://he.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/מסכת_דרך_ארץ) I found this but can not copy the ...
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Different editions of שמירת שבת כהלכתה – how do they compare?

Shokhet, a user of this website, mentions in his bio that when he cites שמירת שבת כהלכתה (hereinafter שש”ך) that he uses the second edition. What (other than the cover) are the major differences ...
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What does בחי"ח stand for?

In the Bet Yosef on Siman 248 in Orah Hayim, he quotes Rabbenu Yeruham בחי"ח. What does this stand for, and where can I find it?
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What are Hebrew manuscripts important to us for, today?

What's the importance of Jewish manuscripts for us, today? Apparently many of these are dispersed in libraries, monasteries, and of course the Vatican, and one wonders whether there's value in ...
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Jewish-specific books that respond to atheism

Aside from there being (relatively) few online debates by eminent Jewish scholars with atheists, what would be considered recommended reading for a religious Jew who is interested in learning how to ...
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Is there any known Tanach edition with Yemenite Hebrew “version”?

I know that there is only one Hebrew version of Torah and Tanach in general. What I mean is that is there any known Hebrew Edition for Tanach using yemenite spelling (e.g. Aleph instead of Heh in "...
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Are there any statements in ancient Jewish literature that refer to the dead as being like angels?

Are there any statements in ancient Jewish literature that refer to the dead as being like angels?
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Books on Sephardi STaM Safrut

I am studying safrut (with an Ashkenazi teacher), but I and my havruta partner are both interested in also learning the Sephardi script for STaM. We are (G!d-willing) about to finish learning a book ...
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Chumash with Shoresh highlighted

I remember seeing a Chumash that showed the shoresh highlighted for every word, does anyone know what this Chumash is called (and where it can be purchased)?
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How many seforim are attributed to the Rebbe?

How many seforim are attributed to R' Menachem Mendel Schneerson, z"l? Like a total of all his talks writings etc. Does he have the most published seforim out of all gedolim?
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Recommendation for learning Nach with Family [closed]

I want to learn Nach on a "Pashat Pashut" format. I don't want to read the Hebrew-English Nach, neither the "fancy" Meforshim that delve through all of the Devrei Torah on each Passuk. Any suggestions ...