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Where can I get the index for Yabia Omer?

Where can I get the index for Yabia Omer ? I cant find it anywhere since its out of print. Any ideas ?
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Russian original of Baad Kodesh?

I would like to find the Russian original of one of the presumably very few chasidic works written in that language. The work in question is בד קדש, addressed by the Miteler Rebbe, Rav Dovber of ...
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What are some books on demonology to read from a Jewish perspective?

I have recently developed an interest in demonology and I'm looking to study it from a Jewish perspective. Can anybody recommend books on the topic?
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Should an Ashkenazi learn Yalkut Yosef and Kaf HaChaim? [closed]

Should and Ashkenazi such as myself learn Yalkut Yosef and Kaf HaChaim, Sephardi halachic works, or should I not bother as the halacha wouldn't apply to me?
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Halacha Works Their Differences [closed]

What is the difference between rambam, shulchan aruch, mishnah brurah, pninei halacha?
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Recommendation for edition of Mishne Torah with sources

I am learning Rambam's Mishne Torah following the Chabad's perek-a-day rhythm. I find it fascinating. I learn in Hebrew, and use two texts the new Koren's Mishne Torah from R Steinsaltz. It is very ...
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Illustrated Tzara'at

I have indirectly heard of someone in a school (I think it's a yeshiva student) who is doing a research project on various medical conditions. She decided to discuss tzara'at and compare what the ...
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Can a previously used Aron Kodesh be used a Sefarim closet?

Someone in my neighborhood wants to donate a used Aron Kodesh to a shul. There is a shul in my neighborhood that I thought could use it, but they have one, already. But, I'm wondering if they would be ...
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Is there a book that lists major Jewish events that occurred on each day (Judaic calendar)?

A few months ago, I attended a shul on Shabbat that had a list of "notable" historic events that occurred on each Judaic date that was to occur in the following week. (E.g., if the week following was ...
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Who originally speculated that the Orchos Tzaddikim's author was a woman?

I recall hearing (as well as saw from this link) that it has been speculated that the author of the Orchos Tzaddikim was a woman. Did someone originally posit this idea, or is it a rumor that has ...
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Original Iggeres Hagra

In this printing of the Iggeres Hagra (1937) it is written entirely in Yiddish. As is known, he wrote it originally in Yiddish and it was later translated into the Hebrew we have. Is it correct to ...
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The New Artscroll Mishnayos: Product Recommendation

In addition to their (rather expensive and extremely expansive) Yad Avraham series, Artscroll is now publishing a Schottenstein Edition of the Mishna. Both versions (Yad Avraham and Schottenstein) ...
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Is it okay to name child after sefer?

I heard about a recent simcha in our local community where the father named his son Tanya (of which he happens to study). Is there any sources that support or speak against naming ones child after a ...
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What does אה"ת stand for?

What do these rashei teivos stand for? See, for example, the Dikdukei Sofrim here.
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Chabad kuntres “Toras Ashkenaz”

What is the Chabad pamphlet Toras Ashkenaz: Frankfurt, Germania ? Background: A Chabad friend of mine noticed this pamphlet at the Chabad Ohel in Queens. While the title would imply that it is of ...
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What are the abstract “patterns” on the edges of the paper of Jewish seforim? [duplicate]

I've always wondered but never thought to ask: what are these abstract paper patterns on some Jewish seforim? As the two books in bottom center of example photo: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jbhcKUqaVsA/...
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Regarding ערוך השלם

The ערוך השלם is a fantastic work and invaluable for learning Gemara. It was written by Alexander (Chanoch Yehuda) Kohut in the late 19th century. It is six volumes. It is available in those volumes ...
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List of Sha’ar page pesukim to years

As is known, many sefarim use a pasuk to correspond to the current year. Is there a list or program that makes a list? I am referring to when a part (or whole) of a pasuk is equal in gematria to the ...
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Is there a definitive diagram showing the relationship between Jewish scriptures?

I am not Jewish, just interested in the culture and history. I was looking for a diagram which shows the relationship between various Jewish texts -- Torah, Midrash, etc. -- everything that is ...
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Deleted attacks on the Shulchan Aruch in Pri Chadash

The bibliography in the English Me'am Lo'ez haggadah says of Pri Chadash that it "often strongly attacks the opinions of the Shulchan Aruch. Its strongest language was deleted from later editions." ...
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What was censored in Sefer HaChinuch?

While reading Reb Yaakov (page 191), the following line caught my eye: The Sunday morning shiur...Reb Yaakov finished...the uncensored version of Sefer HaChinuch What could this be referring to? I ...
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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 an online resource like Jewish Encyclopedia available that is more up to date?

I find the Jewish Encyclopedia (1901-1906) to be an invaluable resource but alas it is quite old. Is there a similar but more updated encyclopedia available online anywhere?
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Siddur on top of Tehilim?

Between a siddur (prayer book) and Tehilim (or other book of Nach), which should go on top? also, is there a distinction between printed or handwritten?
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Why may berachos be recited at a bris while the baby's erva is uncovered?

We know that one is not permitted to make a bracha or say devarim shebikedusha in front of nakedness. Why then is it permitted for the mohel and father at a bris to make their berachos when the baby's ...
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Chronology of writing of the works of the Rema

In the name of more clearly understanding which work represents his most final conclusion, and in the purely academic interest of knowing which works were drawing from the others, I am curious as to ...
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Why is the word “Talmud” censored? [duplicate]

In Megillah 2a, Rashi writes: שמצינו בכמה מקומות בשם ר"א בר' יוסי סתימתאי Regardless of the context there, as it's not needed for this question, Oz Vehadar brings from Dikdukei Sofrim (I don't ...
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Selling Gemara to non-Jews

Is it permissible for someone to sell sefarim (e.g., a gemara) to non-Jews? Does it make a difference if they are messianic "Jews" (people who believe Jesus is Moshiach)?
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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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Sefer of Kabbalistic sources of the mitzvots

I am looking for a book, in English, that elucidates the kabbalistic reasons for the mitzvos.
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Legend of Bahamut giant fish/whale that carries earth on its back?

There is a Islamic account of a giant fish/whale that carries the earth on its back and resides in a vast ocean. It is a authentic narration but is said its a Israiliyat account - meaning fables ...
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Is the “Sefer Sheva Mitzvot HaShem” by Rabbi Moshe Weiner an authoritative legal code for the Noahides?

I am an Italian gentile believer in HaShem, who engages in the observance of the Noahide Precepts, as commanded by the Creator in the Torah. Unfortunately, there is no Halachic study in the Italian ...
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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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English Book on Trop

My question is simple: is there an English-language book on cantillation, which includes Ta'amei Eme"t, rare trop, and their grammatical purposes ? I've seen books on learning to lehn and recognise ...
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Must one follow Minhagim he reads in books?

If an Ashkenazi reads of a minhag, for example in Mishna Brura which it says Ashkenazim follow (the Rema), must he follow it? Or is it only what a father teaches his children?
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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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Is one allowed to learn a book written by a rabbi who was accused and convicted of impropriety? [duplicate]

What is the status of books from rabbis who were accused of impropriety? The question would also likely also apply to online shiurim. For example, here is is a very good book from a rav who admitted ...
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What's controversial about Chemdat HaYamim?

This answer from @Oliver mentions The controversial book Hemdat Ha-yamim... What is Chemdat HaYamim, and what is controversial about it? I know this is a very simple question but I wasn't ...
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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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