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Peirush on Lecha Dodi

I’m looking for an in depth explanation of the Lecha Dodi we say on Friday night. Is there any peirush out there that does this?
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Can anyone suggest books detailing the lives and philosophies of various sages? [closed]

I'm seeking out books which go into details about the lives and ideas of the various Jewish sages. Obviously, a single book for all is unlikely but any suggestions are welcome.
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Looking for a good introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy

I'm interested in learning more about the different philosophical opinions amongst the early Rishonim, such as Maimonides, R' Yehuda Halevi, etc. I was hoping someone could recommend a good resource....
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Encyclopedia of Tzaddikim

Sheimos HaTzaddikim is a very unique prayer within Breslov which is pretty much reciting the names of many righteous people, from characters within the Tanach to fairly modern figures. I could not ...
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Sefer for significance of names in Torah

I am looking for a sefer which delineates the significance and meaning of many names in Torah, but more specifically the lists of names, found in Noach, Vayeira, Chayei Sarah, Vayishlach, Vayigash, ...
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Seforim on Moshiach

I was hoping someone could give me the names of several Seforim which are best with regard to Inyanei Moshiach? I refer specifically to Moshiach as in the person himself, not the time period. In ...
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The learning of Bris Milah

I am interested to learn the halachos of Hilchos Milah in a more practical manner. Are there any books that one can recommend? Hebrew or English works.
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Provenance of Testament of Rabbi Eliezer

There is a work known as Tsavaat Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, which is purported to be have been authored by the Tanna R. Eliezer. According to R. Menahem Lunzano cited here, the work was actually authored ...
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Is there a “most trusted” translation for the Pirkei Avot - ethics of our fathers?

I always seem to have this issue when choosing Jewish texts. I never know if certain books are more trusted than others. I was curious if there was a version of the Pirkei Avot that is considered the ...
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Where are there English or German translations of either “Maaseh Torah” by R. Yehudah HaNasi or the “Maaseh Torah” by Vilna Gaon?

Where are there English or German translations of either "Maaseh Torah" by R. Yehudah HaNasi or the "Maaseh Torah" by Vilna Gaon? I will also consider reading any of these in vowelled-Hebrew or in ...
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Source for Arizal’s teaching

I’m reading a book by Rabbi Shlomo Arush and he says the following: "According to our master, the Arizal, whoever wants to receive the light of Ein Sof in its entirety has to change its own nature ...
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What halachic sefarim do sofrim learn?

I was told by one of my Roshei Yeshiva that there are books that are designated for sofrim (scribes). Does anyone know what are the main books they use to review the Halachot and as reference for ...
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Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future

Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future?
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When did usage of “Hashem” to refer to G-d gain traction?

It seems as though virtually all seforim (especially those written by Acharonim and earlier) refer to G-d as either Hakodosh Boruch Hu or Ribono Shel Olom, and never as "Hashem." Similarly, I don't ...
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Who compiled and arranged the Ashkenaz Kinnos?

The Kinnos read nowadays on Tisha B'Av seem to have been standardized more or less amongst Ashkenazim to the same 40-odd kinnos, but it obviously wasn't always the case. Many of the Kinnos were ...
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Problem with Likkutei Maharil

I was listening to a shiur by Rav Asher Weiss on asmachta and he brought three explanations for its purpose: Ritvah - A derabannan that has a source in the torah Tosafos and Rambam - Memorization ...
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Good resources for learning dikduk [duplicate]

I am really interested in dikduk and am always trying to learn more. Does anyone have any good resources to learn dikduk, preferably online, if not a book/sefer is fine. Thanks
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The Interface at HebrewBooks.org [closed]

When I load a page at Hebrew Books, the text appears on screen, for less than one second, in a computer font which is then replaced by an image of the printed page in which the characters coincide ...
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Are any other Jewish prophecies extant beyond those in Tanach?

When Klal Yisrael had access to prophecy, there were many thousands of people who achieved prophecy, but we are taught that only those whose prophecies were applicable throughout all generations had ...
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Composed with the desire of our Father in heaven

Both the sefer Ohr Sameach and Meshech Chochmah, written by Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, have on their title page the words חובר ברצון אבינו שבשמים (See http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=...
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Mistaken identity of “Rabbi Chanina” in some siddurim

In the Kabbalas Shabbos service, which concludes with "Omar Rabbi Elozor," the previous paragraph is taken from Shabbos 12a. תניא חנניא אומר חייב אדם למשמש בבגדו ע"ש עם חשכה אמר רב יוסף הלכתא רבתי ...
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What is a “Chosson Shas”?

My community has a local email list where people post items that they want or items for sale, etc. This morning, I saw a post requesting an Oz Vehadar Chosson Shas. I must be an early-aged "A.K." ...
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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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Arizal and Yosef Karo [closed]

There's a famous tradition/legend that the Arizal, R Yosef karo and R Elazar azikri (the author of sefer Charedim) prayed in one shul, where R Yosef Karo served as the Rabbi and R Elazar azikri served ...
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Rav Saadia Gaon Siddur in English

Is there a English translation of Rav Saadia Gaon's siddur? I've only been able to find PDF and print versions in Hebrew.
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Teaching Jewish morals/ethics to children: books and other aids

Looking for books with ethical and moral dilemnas (scenarios) that can serve as starting points for discussions with kids 7 year old and older to explore Jewish moral and ethical values and laws. Not ...
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did anyone summarize/organize the laws of marriage (kesubois) after the Shulchan Aruch was written

i see that there is no aruch hashulchan for hilchois kesubois is there anything similar? someone who explains the shulchan aruch hilshos kezubois, or someone who lived after the shulchan aruch and ...
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Netzach Yisroel by the Mahral

Can someone give me information on the book netzach Yisroel by the Mahral, like what is it about, what category does it fall under, and difficulty level reading and understanding it?
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Meir Einei Yisroel on כבוד שמים [closed]

The Chofeitz Chayim says in Meir Einei Yisroel the following: "Why do we wait for Mashiach? Because we need parnassa, a cure for a disease, nachas from our children? Because someone in our family ...
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Michtav Me’Eliyahu on the Destruction of Edom [closed]

Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler writes in Michtav Me’Eliyahu the following: "The destruction of Edom [at the end of our last exile] will only come through the destruction of this world [as we know it]. ...
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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 ...