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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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Writing Torah Scroll: Writing a sefer [duplicate]

The Rambam explains "It is an affirmative precept binding upon every individual Israelite to write a scroll of the Law for his own use, as it is said, "Now therefore write ye this Song for ...
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Which Talmudic chapter has the most Halachic references by number?

Modern printings of the Talmud include Ein Mishpat glosses at the top outside corner of each page (for the most part). Which chapter reaches the highest number? I think I'd like to delve into that ...
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Opinions of Contemporary Gedolim Re: Me'or Einayim (De Rossi)

Rabbi Azariah De Rossi wrote a very controversial sefer called Meor Einayim. While earlier authorities did oppose it (see above link), are there any recent American rabbanim who have offered opinions ...
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Am I allowed to print individual sheets or full Seforim from copyright Seforim found online?

"if someone posted a copyrighted book accessible online, what does halacha say about printing it? I'm worried about Gezeilah on the one hand, but perhaps since there is no loss to the owner it ...
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Tosfos Yom Tov editions/commentaries

Besides Ikar Tosfos Yom Tov, are there any helpful/modern editions of Tosfos Yom Tov that can help me learn the sefer?
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New print of Minchas Yehuda

The popular commentary Sifsei Chachamim is a digest of supercommentaries on Rashi on Chumash. One of the commentaries I've frequently noticed he quotes is the Minchas Yehudah, by Rav Yehudah Leib ben ...
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How do I find "Frum" Authors and their Novels on Amazon Kindle?

I am a big reader. Was only able to find around 30 novels in Amazon Kindle through searching by these 3 authors: Ruth Benjamin, Chaim Walder, & Ruthie Pearlman. Where do I get a full list of "...
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Sefer recommendations for a couple to learn? [closed]

I want to start learning with my significant other. Was curious if anyone has any positive experience with a Sefer that would be good for a couple. If so, please recommend!
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Yosef giving signs to his brothers

Bereishit 45:3 states "וַיֹּ֨אמֶר יוֹסֵ֤ף אֶל־אֶחָיו֙ אֲנִ֣י יוֹסֵ֔ף הַע֥וֹד אָבִ֖י חָ֑י וְלֹֽא־יָכְל֤וּ אֶחָיו֙ לַעֲנ֣וֹת אֹת֔וֹ כִּ֥י נִבְהֲל֖וּ מִפָּנָֽיו" In his book, Vedibarta Bam, ...
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Where to buy Rabbi Ouri Cherki's books?

Does anyone know where I could find Rabbi Ouri (Oury) Cherkie's books to purchase? In particular, I'm trying to locate his commentary on the Kuzari for a friend's upcoming birthday and all the ...
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Overview of Choshen Mishpat; please recommend sefer

I am not familiar enough with the laws of Choshen Mishpat. Can I please have a recommendation for a summary sefer that would give me an overview of the subject before going on to learning in Sh O ...
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Recommendations for a book that describes Prophecy

Last week, I came across ספר סודי רזיא (Sodey Raziah) by רוקח. While perusing, I found a fascinating outline of the experience of prophecy (i.e., what a prophet sees, hears, etc.). However, it's ...
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Pri Tzadik-looking to buy

I'm looking to buy Pri Tzadik from Rav Tzadok HaKohen. Any suggestions on editions and where to buy it from? I'm looking for a hard copy with no translation.
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Why can’t I find the book Cheshbon HaNefesh?

I have been trying to purchase the books Cheshbon HaNefesh by Rav Menachem Mendel Lefin. I am seeing one obscure posting on a website I've never used. I’ve never encountered this with a common English ...
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Good book(s) on conquering anger?

Looking for an English book based on Torah ideals, that helps quell the bad midda of anger. The book can be specific to anger but can also be a book on how to better all of your middot. Note: this ...
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Suggested books of the development of the Mishna, Gemaras, and Talmud

What solid books on the historical and intellectual development of the Talmud would you recommend? e.g.: David C. Kraemer - A History of the Talmud - Cambridge (appears a bit light and intended to a ...
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What is the best modern day, Hebrew kitzur sefer for learning hilchos succah?

I am looking for something in the style of ספר ארחות שבת. That is, something that has short introductions to each subsection in which the author will explain the relevant background from the gemaras ...
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Books about Ma'ros of Dam Nidda

I doubt that there are many but I am would be interested to know if there are any Sefarim written about the different colors of blood which render a women impure which are available to the public. I ...
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Mishna Brurah style for Y.D C.M E.H [duplicate]

I understand that mishna brurah covers o.c however, what seforim are similar in style to the mishna brurah covers Y.D, C.M, E.H?
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Be'er Hagoleh- looking to buy

Does anybody know where I could buy a Be'er Hagoleh written by the Maharal in Hebrew. I can only find English translations of it.
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Read Hamikra VeHamassora (Reuvein Margulies) online

Is there anywhere the book Hamikra veHamassora (המקרא והמסורה) of R' Reuvein Margulies, online ? A lot of his books are on https://hebrewbooks.org/, but not this one, and I would like to see at least ...
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Getting Masechtos for Daf Yomi

Is there a subscription service (ala Chayenu) for Daf yomi where I can receive an easily transportable Gemara for the upcoming week(s)
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Are Neviim Rishonim written by prophecy?

It seems to be obvious that all the Tanah' is prophecy, or at least "Ruach' Hakodesh". However, we see that the Gmara try to prove that Esther was written by Ruach' Hakodesh; but why there ...
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Is this image visualizing the hierarchy of religious authority accurate?

I found this image titled Spiritual hierarchy in Judaism and it seems possibly accurate, but there's so much packed in and I don't know enough to point out deficiencies. I love infographics, and it'd ...
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How can a person promise to be מליץ יושר for a person after their death?

I have seen several references where certain gedolei yisroel of yesteryear, promise that if a person learns their works, these Rabbonim will be מליץ יושר (advocate) for them in the olam haemes. ...
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Gemara with Rashi in "regular" script [duplicate]

I am overseeing the creation of a beis medrash program for high schoolers with zero exposure to traditional texts, and am looking for editions of the gemara--with the standard vilna layout--but have ...
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Is Sefer HaRazim heretical?

Is the book Sefer HaRazim heretical? Does it play any part in kabbalah? If so, is it still used by kabbalists today?
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R Eliyahu Guttmacher on the Mishnah

Does anyone know where I can read R Eliyahu Guttmacher's chiddushim on the Mishnah (specifically, Keilim)? Apparently published in the Romm Talmud edition, but I've not managed to identify this online....
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Where to look for seforim funding?

I'm working on a book to bring iyun torah to everyone through a clear, English, user-friendly book of 11 essays of chiddushim in various talmudic topics. The idea is that learning in depth is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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