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Super-commentary and or index

Many times, a given seffer has a commentary and or index written on it, but due to lack of knowledge about it or lack of accessibility, the commentary/index remains largely unknown. This question ...
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Source for Yirmiyahu abolishing the counting of Nisan

The following is found in Sefer HaIkarrim: ומה ששמעו ישראל לירמיה לבטל מנין החדשים מניסן כמו שאמרנו, אפשר שעשו כן משום דאשכוח קרא ודרוש The reason the Israelites obeyed Jeremiah and abolished ...
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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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Sefer Milhamot Hashem - from Bamidbar 21:14

Does anyone know of any discussion of the the "sefer Milkhamot Hashem" mentioned in Bamidbar 21:14? Someone had asked me about the content of the book and I had no idea of what to answer him.
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What is the difference between these two versions of the Mishna Berura?

I am looking to purchase a set of Mishna Berura and wanted to know what the difference is between these two versions: Mishna Berura Oz v'Hadar and Mishna Berura Dirshu. Which would you recommend and ...
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Is Ramban's commentary on Hebrew Books?

I'd like to read Ramban's commentary on Devarim 4:2. Is there a PDF of it on Hebrew Books?
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Lomdus Seforim Organized Along Sugyot

What are essential seforim (by masechet) that are organized by sugya; preferably ones that give a basic overview of the lomdus involved.
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Source for statement of the Rabbis to abolish Shabbat?

In Sefer HaIkkarim the following quote appears: וזהו שאמרו שהנביא האומר לעבוד עבודה זרה אפילו לשעה אין שומעין לו. אבל אם יאמר שנחלל שבת או שנעבור על אחת מן המצות בהוראת שעה או בענין שלא יהרוס שרשי ...
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Can I stack Sifrei Chumash out of order?

The Shulchan Arukh (Y.D. 282:19) discusses stacking various sefarim. There it is stated that one should place a Chumash over other books of the Tanakh. Suppose I have a set of Chumashim with each book ...
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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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Rabbi Abraham of Viterbo challenged Maimonides?

Apparently Rabbi Abraham of Viterbo in the third essay of Sefer Emunat Chachamim challenged Maimonides regarding his claim that the Torah cannot be changed. Could someone post an excerpt of what he ...
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Book on changing habits and middot (character traits) improvement?

There is now an increasing body of secular literature on how changing habits can help change character (e.g., The Power of Habit, Atomic Habits) but this is not new to us (see Rambam's Hilchot Deot 1:...
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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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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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How to decipher the year a sefer was published

I have come across many, generally older sefarim, without an explicit date given on the title page as to when the sefer was published. Instead they'll write that the sefer was published in the year......
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English translation of etz chayim (arizal)

Does anyone know of a good English translation of Etz Chayim by the Arizal?
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Seder Tannaim v’Amoraim in English?

Is there an English translation of Seder Tannaim v’Amoraim? If so, where may I purchase or read it online?
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Sefer Daas Mordechai (Pegrimansky)

I read (in the biography of Rabbi Mordechai Pegrimansky; The English translation is titled: The man who never slept) that a supplemental publication called Sefer Daas Mordechai was underway at the ...
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Divrei Talmud (Rav Avrohom Eliyahu ben Avrohom Eliyahu Kaplan)

I read (in the book of collected writings of Rav Avrohom Eliyahu ben Avrohom Eliyahu Kaplan entitled B'ikvos Hayirah) that an additional publication was underway at the time of publication (~1960) to ...
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Who was the author of the Sefer Matamim?

The Sefer Matamim is written by Rav Yitzchak Lipetz of Shedlitz. His work provides fascinating reasons for various customs throughout the Jewish calendar, and is occasionally quoted in various sources....
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What's unique about the book Eglei Tal?

The book Eglei Tal was written by Rabbi Avrohom Bornsztain and deals with the 39 melachos of Shabbos. I was wondering what about this particular book is unique? Why would a person learn this as ...
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Pri Yitzchak for sale?

Does anyone know if they reprinted the sefer Pri Yitzchak by Rav Yitzchak Blazer / Peterburger? Here is a video biography: https://outorah.org/p/78974/. Do any stores sell it? Thanks so much in ...
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Rabbi Avraham Hachozeh and his book

A friend of mine is looking for information on a rabbi he saw mentioned in the book "Chochmat Hanefesh" by Rabbi Elazar of Worms (most famous for his "Sefer Haroke'ach"). In the ...
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Hagaddah with Kabbalistic incorporation

I'd like to view the Haggadah in light of Kabbalistic writings, such as the Zohar and subsequent works. Have there been any publications, whether in recent years or not, which cull together or explain ...
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Tikkunei Zohar in English or Hebrew

Has the Tikunei Zohar ever been translated into English? Perhaps Hebrew? Online or dead tree works.
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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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Family purity by degree

I have the opportunity to reach out to someone who will be getting married soon, to discuss the laws of family purity. He has no real connections to any religious community at this point in life so ...
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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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Looking for an English translation of the mishna berura

Question as stated in title. So far I've only been able to find two through online searching: Ohr Olam, with a very... sparse website. They direct purchasers to zbermanbooks, but (1) I can't seem to ...
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Seforim/Books on Klalei Horo'oh

Can anyone recommend a good sefer explaining Klalei Horo'oh - how a Rov reaches a psak, being machria between different acharonim etc?
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Recommendation for learning Hilchos Shabbos with family

I am looking for a sefer to use to learn Hilchos Shabbos at the Shabbos table. I used to use Orchos Shabbos, but I found that while I enjoyed it and got a lot out of it, the rest of my family had a ...
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Looking for more information about this “Megillah”

My wife's grandmother passed away last year (and her grandfather many years ago) and my mother-in-law gave me this item she found while cleaning out their apartment: It appears to be printed (on an ...
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Does Malaki 3:16 & Tehillim 69:29 refer to the same Scroll (Sefer Zikaron = Sefer Chayim)?

Is the Sefer Zikaron from Malaki 3:16 the same Sefer Chayim from Tehillim 69:29? Malaki 3:16 "In this vein have those who revere the LORD been talking to one another. The LORD has heard and noted ...
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Sefer of Jewish Philosophy

Is there any sefer which goes through the various philosophical issues according, and explains the opinion of the Jewish philosophers? (Example what is space; according to the Rambam, Rasag... What is ...
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Is there an English translation of Die wichtigsten Instanzen gegen die Graf-Wellhausensche Hypothese?

Is there an English translation of Die wichtigsten Instanzen gegen die Graf-Wellhausensche Hypothese? This is the book in German by R' Dovid Tzvi Hoffman זצ''ל, disproving the documentary hypothesis.
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First edition of Mesillas Yesharim available online?

The first edition of the Mesillas Yesharim was printed in Amsterdam in 1740. I have seen the cover page online but I would like to see the entire book online. Is it available anywhere? I have checked ...
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Looking for a sefer to help prepare for smicha

I am currently learning hilchos taaroves and will soon be moving on to basar bechalav and melicha etc. in preparation for getting smicha. I have looked around and found countless (literally countless) ...
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Degel Machane Efrayim

My friends and I were learning about the way that the Jews camped in the wilderness, and someone heard about a book called Degel Machane Efrayim. Does anyone know who wrote it and where I can find it?
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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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Where can I find the radio program of יחוה דעת?

The books called יחוה דעת were authored by Rabbi Ovadya Yosef. In the title page, it states that these books are essentially transcriptions of a radio show called פניני הלכה, with small additions. ...
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What Hebrew font should I use for my English sefer? [closed]

I'm writing a sefer on sugyos of the Gemara in English. There is a lot of Hebrew mixed in with the English. The problem with the font(s) I'm using currently (calibri for english, frank ruehl for ...
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Does the Talmud continue to use extra Tanachic sources?

I'm trying to draw an analogy between the written and the oral Torah. After the Mishna was signed, the Sages continued to use extra-Mishnaic sources forever (Toseftah, Midrashim, etc). After the 24 ...
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Synopsis of Kerem Yehoshua

Can anyone please help me? I was told about this great Sefer called Kerem Yehoshua and I'd like to get my hands on it. However, due to the current world pandemic it's pretty hard for me to purchase it....
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English language guide to how Talmudic discussions have been treated by Rishonim and Acheronim

I have a general interest in the Talmud and how it is studied in yeshivot. However, my Aramaic and Hebrew are basic and I cannot read Rashi script. I recently enjoyed a book called The Talmud: A ...
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Is there an Orthodox publication of the book(s) of the Maccabees?

I would like to know if any Orthodox publisher has put out a version of the book(s) of the Maccabees.
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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 ?
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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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Is the sefer אור הצפון available?

Does anyone know where to get the sefer ohr hatzfon, containing mussar of the Alter of Slabadka, either online for free or by buying an actual copy?
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Where may I read Sefer Mitzvot Gadol online in English?

Does anyone know where I can read an online English translation of Sefer Mitzvot Gadol? Note: I've checked Sefaria, but they don't have an English translation.
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Where can I read this book?

Does anyone know where I can read the following book online (preferably for free): The Doctrine of the Messiah in Medieval Jewish Literature (Authored by: Joseph Sarachek) If not, can anyone recommend ...

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