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Seeking easy-Hebrew, high-interest books on Jewish topics for 8 year old boy

Seeking titles of books and names of authors of high-interest children's books on Jewish topics in easy Hebrew with nikudot. (Indications of reading grade level would be helpful.)
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How many books on Judaism are available for access today?

Jews have been writing, adding to the pool of Torah knowledge for thousands of years. How many complete or partial works do we have accessible, even by any means today?
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Has the “Mäṣḥafä Kedus” (Holy Scriptures) of Beta Israel been translated into English?

From Wikipedia: Mäṣḥafä Kedus (Holy Scriptures) is the name for the religious literature. The language of the writings is Ge'ez. The holiest book is the Orit (from Aramaic "Oraita" – "Torah") which ...
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Is “Roh-eh Hanoled” a classical expression?

In Maus from Art Spiegelman, a rabbi tells Vladek he's a "Roh-eh Hanoled", one that sees what the future holds. It is an invention of his or does it exist in any classical or sacred source ?
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What books discuss general rules of Tanach? [closed]

In particular, I am looking for books that deal with philosophical and linguistic questions on Tanach, such as: If there is seemingly no reason to place one passuk before another, is it reasonable/...
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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 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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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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One Volume Chumash with Rashi Menukad

I'm looking for a new Chumash for school. I want it to be one volume, with Rashi menukad. Does anyone have a suggestion?
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Book recommendation for Jewish mindfulness

My Yom Kippur "cheshbon hanefesh" taught me that I should train myself to be conscious of the purpose of each activity, however trivial, as I engage in it through the day. (I think that this might be ...
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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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The first Halachic compendium that does not follow the Mishnaic order (not שו"ת)?

Since Abraham, the original Oral Torah allegedly consisted of the currently known 6 Sdarim (although the number of Masechtot was much bigger, up to 6000?). The Mishnah and naturally the Talmud are ...
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Anyone know where I can buy Seder Tikkun Chatzos by R' Sraya Deblitzky?

Full title: "סדר תקון חצות: כסדר האריז"ל ... עם הדינים השייכים ולוח תמידי של זמן חצות לילה ומיום זמן תיקון חצות. ונוסף בסופו הלכות קריעה על המקדש"
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White booklet that lists key pieces in Ramban Al HaTorah?

I was told there's a small white booklet which lists the main pieces in Ramban Al HaTorah for each parsha. I have asked around and people have told me that it has been out of print for a while. Does ...
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What are the earliest accusations of censorship in rabbinic literature?

Sefarim are sometimes censored for various reasons. It used to be mostly external censorship, but nowadays I think it is mostly internal censorship. When people print sefarim and censor them, they ...
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Why is Sha'ar Ha'Yichud of Chovos Ha'Levavos so “controversial”?

I have heard that Sha'ar Ha'Yichud of Chovos Ha'Levavos is controversial, and that one needs a rebbe in order to learn it. What does the author say that is so difficult to understand?
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What is known about Eliyahu from Tishbe?

I am interested in knowing as much as possible about Eliyahu, both from oral and written tradition. Are there any book(s) and sources that mention something that surely must have been happened but ...
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Dreams of a bible in another language [closed]

Good morning, Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’m not Jewish. I grew up in a Pentecostal Church but as a child I had a dream in which I walked into a beautiful cathedral only to have ...
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Current Attitude Towards Sefer Raziel Hamalach

What is the current attitude of Kabbalists towards Raziel Hamalach? Is it considered a legitimate work of Kabbala? Is it studied? If not, why not?
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Translation of Kuntres Tiferes Adam

Is there a English translation version of Kuntres Tiferes Adam by the Chofetz Chaim? Is there an online version as well?
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Was the Sheiltot of Rav Achai Gaon ever translated?

Does anyone know if the Sheiltot was ever translated into English?
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Looking for a Halachic/Hashkafic Sefer about Shirah

Music seems to play a predominant role in Jewish life, looking at the common practice of Shabbos zemiros or the wide variety of tunes during davening as some examples. Some of this bleeds over into ...
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Does a detached binding of a sefer get stacked in the same position?

See Stacking Seforim -- the linked answer. It says that a chumash goes on top of a Nach. (See the other answer for a dissenting view.) According to that view... what about a loose binding? Say, the ...
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

I'm preparing classes on the beginning of Bava Metziah and I would like to present the information through the lens of the Rabbonim that used the Gemara to answer Sheilos. Does anyone know of a Sefer ...
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When someone become non observant

A young man, brought up in a religious home, Yeshiva day and high schools, 2 years in Yeshiva in Israel, decides to work on Shabbos, not observe Kashrut etc. Is there one book you would recommend for ...
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Is a Bei'ur the same thing as a Peirush?

What characteristics define Biur and Peirush? Are they different from one another? Are they related somehow? If so, in which aspects? Please, explain. Sources are welcome.
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Mishnah Berurah PDF

Does anybody know where I can get a PDF of the complete Mishnah Berurah?
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Which ספר מנורת המאור Sefer Menoras Hamaor came first?

Which ספר מנורת המאור Sefer Menoras Hamaor came first? Between the two sefarim called ספר מנורת המאור Sefer Menoras Hamaor - One written by Rav Yisrael ben Yoseph Alnakaweh, and one written by Rav ...
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Who is R' Yisrael in Reishis Chochmah, Shaar Hamitzvos, and how much of שער המצוות is from him?

In The Sefer Raishis Chochmah (written by Rabbi Eliyahu de Vidas - 16th century), There is a perek (chapter) called פרק המצוות - The Chapter of the Mitzvos. After his introduction to the perek ...
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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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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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List of Seforim that are mentioned in the Pischei Teshuva

In his hakdamah, the Pischei Teshuva lists off 192 seforim that he used in his sefer. Did anybody ever publish a comprehensive collection of all the seforim that are used in the Pischei Teshuva, ...
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Whom is the Moreh Nevuchim for?

Did the Rambam write the Moreh Nevuchim for a target audience? Was it only for "perplexed" people or did he write it for everyone, or perhaps an individual?
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Baba Sali and his Torah chiddushim

I can not find any Torah writings from the Baba Sali. Does anybody know where I can find his Torah?
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How to attain patience

Are there any Sifre Musar that give advice on how to become more patient? If so, can you bring a few points on how to do so? Please cite sources.
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What's a good beginner-friendly collection of aggadah in English?

A friend with a secular background is now becoming more connected with Judaism (yay!), and has told me she finds the aggadic stories that fill in the gaps in the torah to be particularly helpful. (...
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Halachah: What's the difference between this site and looking up a question in a book?

Per our oft-cited FAQ, and our frequent use of the disclaimer to consult one's own rabbi in matters of practical Halachah, we do not, as a matter of policy, accept questions, or provide answers, ...
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Can a chumash be used for a public torah reading?

I recently attended a weekday morning minyan where the Torah reader was reading simultaneously from a sefer Torah and a printed Chumash. It appeared that the person was mostly reading from Chumash and ...
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Why does it seem like Jewish texts are never translated?

I'm a Stack Exchange user on many other sites and every once in a while I will see a question on this site that sparks my interest in the hot questions. The only two things I know about Judaism ...
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Who is the Ever Min HeChai?

I saw a few commentaries in two source sheets at Sefaria attributed to a book called "Ever Min HeChai." The commentaries were on Sefer Bereshit. Anyone know who this is? An internet search did not ...
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Where can I find “Mishnas Pikuach Nefesh”?

Not sure if this kind of question is allowed on here. I've been looking for a specific sefer for a long time and I cannot find any seforim store that has it or that has even heard of it. The sefer I ...
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derech hashem and daath tevonos, same thing?

I've learned Derech Hashem a few times and I'm on my second time through the English version of Da'ath Tevunos "the knowing heart" and I'm having a hard time picking out the differences between the ...
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What is the general process for writing errata pages to sefarim?

Not sure if this question is on topic but here goes. Background There is a STA"M textbook called מאיר עיני סופרים which summarizes the rulings of the major sources on hilchos STA"M for ...
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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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Where does the Kaf HaHayyim first cite the Aruch HaShulchan and the Mishnah Berurah?

The Kaf HaHayyim was written roughly contemporaneously with the Aruch HaShulchan and the Mishnah Berurah, but is the last of the three seforim to be finished, with its final chapters completed by the ...
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Looking to hire someone to search Seforim (online or not) for specific Torah thoughts

I have several Torah thoughts that may potentially be novel, and I am searching to see what other commentators have written on these subjects and whether some or all of these thoughts were introduced ...
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Rashi script in certain seforim

I noticed that some authors of seforim have their books published using Rashi script instead of ashuris script. Was this done by default of the printers or was there some halachic reason not to use ...
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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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Resource for learning Nach Yomi

I would like to start learning Nach yomi (one or two perakim a day) but I don't just want to read the Hebrew/English since I will not end up with a proper understanding as to what is actually taking ...
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Sequel to the Sefer “ Laws of Daily Living ”

There is a well known Sefer on Halacha called Laws of Daily Living by Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen , noted Posek and author. There is only one volume and the last topic is the laws of פסוקי דזמרה. Any ...