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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 ...
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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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Hirsch chumash online

Is there a Samson Raphael Hirsch pirush on chumash available online? Preferably an English version and preferably something easy to copy and paste off of. There are times I would like to post ...
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Referring to a rav with multiple sefarim

I've noticed that some rabbanim are referred to by the titles of multiple books. For example, R' Jair Bacharach (Wermeiser Rov between 1699-1702) is referred to both by the name of his shu"t, Chavot ...
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Is there a topic index for Igrot Moshe?

There are several topics that I offhand recall having seen in Igrot Moshe, but I have a tough time locating them. Is there a topic index, or even better an online search that I can do to locate ...
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Sefer on Igros Moshe

I was told that a while back a Sefer came out that went through a couple of the teshuvot in Igros Moshe and refuted some of the answers given. Due to some harsh remarks the author made in the ...
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Tetragrammaton in Non-Jewish Books

If there was a New Testament in Hebrew and it contained the Tetragrammaton in it, how would you get rid of it? Obviously it cannot be buried next to Sifrei Torah or other Holy works.
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Books on science and Torah in Hebrew

Can anyone recommend books in Hebrew that address the topic of science and Torah? The types of books that I'm looking for are ones that address the interplay between science and Torah including topics ...
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Shaarei Teshuvah by Rabbeinu Yonah online in English

Does anyone know where I can find Shaarei Teshuvah by Rabbeinu Yonah online? I am looking for some online resources in English.
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Leaving Sefarim Open and forgetfulness

I heard that there is an idea of not leaving a Sefer open because it can cause forgetfulness. Is this idea written about anywhere in Halachic literature? If so where is it located?
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Where online can I find mesilas yesharim, Seder havikuach

I understand that the first print of mesilas yesharim was, in the style of a conversation of a Chaham and a hosid, where can I find it online, in hebrew I only found english audio in the middle of ...
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Software for Shas like commentary

I am looking for word processing software where one can have main text in middle and commentaries on the sides and bottom similar to the talmud, mishna or shulchan aruch layout. Should be able to ...
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Can someone confirm that there are 305,487 words in the Tanach? [duplicate]

about 10 years ago, I wrote a comprehensive Gematria Calculator which calculated every possible sequential gematria in the whole Torah and Tehillim. http://www.secretorah.com Now I expanded it for ...
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Good sefer on chassidus [closed]

What would be a good sefer that would introduce me to the foundations of chassidic thought and prepare me to learn the seforim of the early chassidic masters?
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Why can't we uncensor all editions of Sefer Vayikra?

I heard according to our sages of blessed memory that certain editions of Sefer Vayikra were censored in Europe, because it says in Sefer Vayikra when the end comes Edom (The West/Christianity) will ...
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Downloading a book when you've already bought a physical copy

I'm starting college this semester, and my friends and I are discovering that some of the required books for our courses are seriously expensive. We've had some discussion about the ethics of ...
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Russian Translation of Meam Loez

The book, Meam Loez, written by Yaakov Culi in Ladino, has been translated into many languages. Has it been translated into Russian? If so, where can it be found? I know many Russians that would be ...
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Does Jewish Scripture/Tradition predict that Jews will be persecuted?

(Full disclosure: I am a Gentile and a Christian. I hope this isn't a problem and that my question will be appropriate here.) From the Seleucid period to the Middle Ages of Europe and, probably most ...
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Metsudah Publishers - Do they have an official webstore?

Does Metsudah Publishing Company have their own official webstore? I can only seem to find private Judaica and book webstores that sell their products, but not an official Metsudah webstore. Can ...
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Where in the Torah it is stated that one has to have a Jewish mother in order to be a Jew?

Torah has the highest authority on all books in Judaism inclusing Talmud and Mishnah. Can someone quote me a single verse in the Torah where it is clearly stated that one's mother has to be a Jew if ...
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How to find a copy of mesechta Derech Eretz online

How to find מסכת דרך ארץ רבה‏ and מסכת דרך ארץ זוטא‏ online in text and/or scan of a digital print? (Wiki: https://he.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/מסכת_דרך_ארץ) I found this but can not copy the ...
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Different editions of שמירת שבת כהלכתה – how do they compare?

Shokhet, a user of this website, mentions in his bio that when he cites שמירת שבת כהלכתה (hereinafter שש”ך) that he uses the second edition. What (other than the cover) are the major differences ...
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What does בחי"ח stand for?

In the Bet Yosef on Siman 248 in Orah Hayim, he quotes Rabbenu Yeruham בחי"ח. What does this stand for, and where can I find it?
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What are Hebrew manuscripts important to us for, today?

What's the importance of Jewish manuscripts for us, today? Apparently many of these are dispersed in libraries, monasteries, and of course the Vatican, and one wonders whether there's value in ...
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Jewish-specific books that respond to atheism

Aside from there being (relatively) few online debates by eminent Jewish scholars with atheists, what would be considered recommended reading for a religious Jew who is interested in learning how to ...
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Is there any known Tanach edition with Yemenite Hebrew “version”?

I know that there is only one Hebrew version of Torah and Tanach in general. What I mean is that is there any known Hebrew Edition for Tanach using yemenite spelling (e.g. Aleph instead of Heh in "...
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Are there any statements in ancient Jewish literature that refer to the dead as being like angels?

Are there any statements in ancient Jewish literature that refer to the dead as being like angels?
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Books on Sephardi STaM Safrut

I am studying safrut (with an Ashkenazi teacher), but I and my havruta partner are both interested in also learning the Sephardi script for STaM. We are (G!d-willing) about to finish learning a book ...
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Chumash with Shoresh highlighted

I remember seeing a Chumash that showed the shoresh highlighted for every word, does anyone know what this Chumash is called (and where it can be purchased)?
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How many seforim are attributed to the Rebbe?

How many seforim are attributed to R' Menachem Mendel Schneerson, z"l? Like a total of all his talks writings etc. Does he have the most published seforim out of all gedolim?
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Recommendation for learning Nach with Family [closed]

I want to learn Nach on a "Pashat Pashut" format. I don't want to read the Hebrew-English Nach, neither the "fancy" Meforshim that delve through all of the Devrei Torah on each Passuk. Any suggestions ...
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What is Mishnah berurah comprised of?

What is Mishnah berurah comprised of in regards to table of contents? I understand it is typically a six volume book, but how many chapters and pages? Also, what are Simanim, seifim, and Helek? I am ...
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What books/resources discuss moving on?

The question's focus comes mostly from a Baal Teshuva's point of view. When it comes to 'parting' with family and friends - indefinitely - for the better, what resources do a great job giving ...
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“Biur Sheimot Kodesh ve-Chol leha-Rambam” Authentic?

I just came across a work called ביאור שמות קדש וחול which is attributed to the Rambam--see, e.g., here. Is this an authentic work of the Rambam? What is known about it? I found the work on ...
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When is a copyright violated?

Most books claim copyright. This is a legal right that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. What is the Torah formulation of copyright? How far does ...
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Where can I buy Or Hashem?

I found a new printing of Or Hashem by R. Chasdai Crescas on hebrewbooks.org (here), but I can't find it or any other print for sale. Any ideas?
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Sefer of Unanswered questions

I heard of a Sefer or page that someone published of a bunch of unanswered questions (either just on Gemara or in general). I don't remember the amount of questions but it's between 50-100 I believe. ...
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Does anyone know when the revised RCA siddur is going to be released?

The new RCA siddur has not been released yet even though they announced (on their website) its publishing 5 years ago! I contacted the RCA and they didn't respond.
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Where in Judaism does it describe the journey of the soul in the afterlife? [duplicate]

Where in Judaism does it describe the journey of the soul in the afterlife? Sources, that I am looking for stem from kabbalah teaching or the zohar. Also,I am searching for primary sources, so if they ...
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Are there any misnaged works?

Recently I have been reading the Tanya so that I can discuss Chabad Chassidus with my friend. I think it's only fair to see what the other side has to say, so is there any work that the mitnagdim ...
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Book suggestion for Bat Mitzva gift [closed]

I am looking for a suggestion for a good Jewish book (english) for a somewhat observant Bat Mitzva girl. Something which will teach her more about Judaism at her level.
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Rule 195 of Ayelet Hashachar by the Malbim

If one looks at the Malbim's Ayelet Hashachar, he gives 613 rules for interpreting the Torah. But if you look at it carefully, you'll notice that rule 195 is missing. What happened to this rule?
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In search of book(s) by the Koznitser Maggid

I'm in search of a possibility to read online (and free) some books of Rabbi Yisroel Hopsztajn Hupstein, most specifically the work Geulath Israel (on the writings of the Maharal). He cited this book ...
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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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Pairs of the Ramchal's works

Machon Ofek has published the Ramchal's Mesillas Yesharim (MY) as well as what they call The Mesillas Yesharim- Seder Vikuach which is essentially the same as the commonly known MY but in dialogue ...
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In Judaism is there a book of the dead?

I am Jewish and I know that in Tibet, in Buddhism, there is a Book of the Dead. It is a text that describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness experiences ...
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How early is Torah Or in Gemara?

When was Torah Or compiled/available, and if different, when was it originally copied and/or printed with the Gemara text? To clarify, this is not the chabad sefer Torah Or, but the references to ...
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Has the Sefer Ha-Musar (by Zechariah Dhahiri) been translated into English?

I am looking for an English translation of Sefer Ha-Musar, by Zechariah Dhahiri. Does it exist? If so where could I find it? Thank you in advance!
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Shemiras Einayim - mussar vs. reality

We are fortunate in this day and age that there have been many Seforim published on the inyan of Shemiras Einayim and one can even listen to lectures on the topic. My question is, in reality, after ...
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English Sefarim on Ma'aser Kesafim

Would anyone know of any English Sefarim on the Halachos of Ma'aser Kesafim(money)?