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Introduction to the Ben Ish Chai

Which one of the Ben Ish Chai's books is the best introduction to his thought and work?
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Is there modern scholarship on Sefer HaBris?

Have there been any studies, examinations, comparisons, discussions etc. of Sefer HaBris in light of modern (~21st Century) science. I'm looking for elaboration on this book particularly within a ...
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Seforim Recommendations on Bava Metzia

Any recommendations on seforim that deals with (commentaries or insights) Bava Metzia (especially on Perek Eilu Metzios)? Preferably in English. Preferably seforim that explain the deeper meaning of ...
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Halachot Gedolot from Spain

Tosfot in Pesachim 30a paragraph Amar Rava quotes a rule from the Halachot Gedolot from Spain. ובה"ג של אספמיא פסק דחתיכה בחתיכות בנ"ט ומייתי מדרבא בפ' גיד הנשה The Tosfot in Chulin 97a ...
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Is there anywhere that discusses people and the types of souls they have?

I've heard people identify with the 4 elements, like that person is a more earthly soul or fire or water. But is there any discussion in any seforim anywhere that identifies traits with different ...
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Midrash Mishlei translation?

Is anyone aware of an available* translation of Midrash Mishlei? *the Visotzky translation doesn't seem to be available for purchase anywhere, nor online
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Ship Yalkut Yosef New Version

It seems the Yalkut Yosef has been revised and now includes a total of 32 volumes, comprised of 3 boxes. Unfortunately, all the sets I see online or in the U.S. are of the older 24-volume edition, ...
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What is the Sefer Darchei Teshuvah about?

I heard about a sefer (book) called Darchei Teshuvah by Rabbi Tsvi Hersh Shapiro. What is the purpose of the Sefer? What is the story behind the author? There’s not much about it on Google.
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On A Fully-Jewish Town in Spain

I'm preparing a shiur on Golden Age Spain and their minhagim. I remember reading in a historical chronicle (which I could have sworn was the Sefer HaKabbalah of the Raavad HaRishon) about a fully-...
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Mishnah Edition

Can someone recommend an edition of the Mishnah? I am looking for an edition that is - a) all-Hebrew b) with all the major commentators (Bartenura, Rambam, T. Yom Tov, etc.) C) printed with very clear ...
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Sefarim on proper speech?

Besides for the classic and wonderful Sefer Shemiras HaLashon by the Chofetz Chaim, are there other Sefarim (English or Hebrew) that discuss mussar/hashkafic/positive aspects of proper speech? I am ...
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What are the best books to read to get familiar with Jewish philosophy?

I'm looking to spend about 3 months learning Jewish philosophy pretty intensely. I'm looking for recommendations on what are the best books to read, which ones may be too complex, and how I should ...
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Original Arabic text of Isaac Alfasi in last 3 responsum of Menahem Azariah da Fano

In Shut Harama Mipano (see opening page of book), the final three responsum are from the Rif, and explain three laws in tractate Kesubos. He wrote them in Arabic, and the Rama got a reputable ...
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Is there a master list(s) of Middot?

I am looking to find a master list of Middot. I suspect different texts have different lists: ie Cheshbon Ha Nefesh has one list and maybe other sefarim have other lists. At this stage of my research ...
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Where to get Ahava Torah from Rav Zalman Pinchas Horowitz in English?

Where can I buy the sefer Ahava Torah of Rav Zalman Pinchas Horowitz in English?
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Torah Temimah - Edition

Can someone recommend an edition of Torah Temimah? I am looking for an edition that - a) is all-Hebrew b) is accurate c) has nice, clear print. Thank you.
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Moznaim Nahardea Edition vs Oz VeHadar

How does the accuracy of the new print Moznaim Nahardea Shas compare to that of the Oz VeHadar Shas?
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Good, recent textbook that faithfully describe Orthodox and/or Conservative Judaism

Does Dan Cohn-Sherbok's 2017 textbook Judaism: History, Belief and Practice, 2nd Ed situate and represent fairly Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism within the full spectrum of Judaism? (I'm ...
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Editions of Gur Aryeh by the Maharal

I am looking for a good edition of Gur Aryeh by the Maharal. I am aware of these editions - https://www.machon-y.com/%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A6%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D/%D7%92%D7%95%D7%A8%20%D7%90%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%94/ ...
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Where to find the book 'Hoshen ha-Mishpat shel ha-Kohen ha-Gadol' by Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg?

Does anyone know where (online preferably) I can access Rabbi Rosenberg's book 'Hoshen ha-Mishpat shel ha-Kohen ha-Gadol'? (The one about the Maharal and the Choshen Ha-Mishpat) Thanks!
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Seforim on Hilchos Niddah

I'm starting to learn Hilchos Niddah be'iyun (in depth). [1] I understand that I need to learn the basics: Tur, Bais Yosef, Shulchan Aruch, Shach, Taz, Pischei Teshuva, and R Akiva Eiger. I wanted to ...
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Talmud Yerushalmi Editions

Which edition of the Talmud Yerushalmi would you recommend? I am looking for a hard copy, all Hebrew/Aramaic edition with clear print, helpful commentary, and a high level of accuracy.
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Maharsha on Shas - Standalone Edition

Can anyone recommend standalone editions of the Maharsha's commentary on Shas? I am looking for ones with clear print, in all-Hebrew.
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Midrash Rabbah - User Friendly Edition

Can someone recommend a user friendly edition of Midrash Rabbah? To be more specific, I am looking for an edition that has - a) clear print b) user friendly layout that is good for study b) ...
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Editions of Orot - Har Bracha or Yediot Seforim

I am deciding between two editions of Orot by Rav Kook. One edition is from Har Bracha and contains the commentary of Rav Ze'ev Solonovitch. The other is from Yediot Seforim and contains the ...
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Parenting Seforim [duplicate]

Does anyone have good recommendations for a Torah-inspired parenting book? Planting & Building by Rav Wolbe was amazing and looking for other books to read next. Thanks!
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English translation of Rav Alfas by Rabbi Isaac Alfassi (RIF)?

Does anyone know if there is an English translation of Rav Alfasi? Here's the Hebrew version FYI. If not any suggestions on ways to learn this text with some help with the Hebrew?
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Chumash/Tanakh with larger font

I've checked in person: ArtScroll Chumash Stone Edition ArtScroll Chumash Schottenstein Interlinear Complete in 1 Volume Koren Steinsaltz Humash 2nd ed. All of those books have a font that is too ...
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ArtScroll Chumash Ashkenazic or Sephardic?

I'd like to know details about these full size one book editions from ArtScroll: Schottenstein Interlinear Chumash Complete in 1 Volume Stone edition Chumash I know that there are travel size Chumash ...
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What books/texts for Modern Hebrew

Which of these books/texts would be possible to read when you know only Modern Hebrew? Kizur Shulchan Aruch Shulchan Aruch Mishnah Berurah Mishnah Babylonian Talmud Jerusalem Talmud Comments by: ...
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Introduction to the Maharal

Can someone recommend a work of the Maharal to serve as an introduction to his thought? I have no experience with his work, except where he has been quoted in other books and essays. I don't know ...
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Aish Kodesh - Edition Recommendations

Can someone recommend a good edition of Aish Kodesh by R. Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro? I am looking for an English or Hebrew edition.
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Online version of book called "Aiding Talmud Study"?

Does anyone know whether an online version (PDF, ebook etc.) of a book called "Aiding Talmud Study" by Aryeh Carmell exists?
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Midrash Rabbah - Edition

The accuracy and reliability of various editions of Midrashim, especially Midrash Rabbah, is not great. I have the few available volumes by Mechon Schecter, who have been putting out critical editions ...
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Nefesh HaChaim - Edition

Can someone recommend an edition of Nefesh HaChaim? I am looking for a nice edition with clear type and explanatory notes.
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Tzidkat HaTzadik - HaRav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin

Can someone recommend an edition of Tzidkat HaTzadik by HaRav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin? I am looking for an edition with clear type, accurate text, and perhaps some explanatory notes.
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Talmudic Methodology - Books

Are there any books that compare and contrast the various methods of Talmud study?
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Is there a Halachic book on regular fasting?

I’d like to take on regular fasting for health reasons. My Rav permits this. He also permits it to weaken desire. But there are so many contradictory opinions that are hard to reconcile in the ...
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Rumor of New Edition of Friedman Shulchan Aruch

I heard that a smaller and more user-friendly edition of Mechon Yerushalaim's Friedman Shulchan Aruch is going to be released. Does anyone know if this is true?
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Introduction to Responsa Literature

I haven't spent much time studying Responsa Literature. Which works would serve as a good introduction? Which respona are essential to a good personal learning program?
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Introduction to Rav Tzadok HaKohen

Can someone recommend an introductory text to the thought of Rav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin?
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Who is the commentary on Sefer Orech Apayim?

On the bottom of the sefer there is a commentary by the name "V'Yosef Avraham". Does anyone know who wrote this? See picture below from HebrewBooks.org
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Is there any English Translation of Yechaveh Da'at by Rav Ovadia Yosef

Is there any English translation of Yechaveh Da'at, I know Yalkut Yosef is in English.
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What is the reason behind the Meiri intentionally replacing the names of Rabbis?

The Meiri in his writings gives each Rabbi whom he quotes an alternative name, based on the main contribution that particular rabbinic authority made. Why does he do so, for it seems he goes against ...
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Books about business and Torah

Friends regularly ask me for recommendations of great Torah books for business people, focused on halakha or hashkafa, as inspiration for people straddling the line between a busy professional life ...
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Why do people write this inside their Sefarim?

I have seen the same phrase or pasuk in the front cover of many Sefarim. I think it’s “L’HaShem ha’aretez u’mloah”. Why this, and where does it come from? I assume there is a source for this because I’...
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How would Beis Din rule in the Aguch v Gourary Case (Didan Natzach)? [closed]

In the case of the Chabad library case (Agudas Chasidei Chabad of United States, v Gourary) a US federal court ruled that the (Previous) Rebbe's books belong to the Chabad community and not his ...
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Source in Darash Moshe on own understanding

It is said that in Darash Mose דרש משה Parashas Korach, the following quote can be found from Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt'l Korach thought that every Jew is entitled to fulfill the laws of the Torah in ...
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Brit Avraham commentry on Yalkut Shimoni

Does anyone know if the Brit Avraham commentry on Yalkut Shimoni, Leviticus remez 137 is available online? (First published 1586.)
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Sources to Learn about Bechina

I'm studying Chovos Halevavos. Can you provide me with some further sources to learn more about Chovos Halevavos's "bechina", i.e., reflecting on God's kindnesses in creation. Books/articles/...
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