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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)?
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Which books of the Ramchal did he publish himself?

I read that the Ramchal published the Mesilas Yesharim but not too many other books. That got me wondering, how many and which books that we have of his did he himself publish and which ones did ...
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Sefer of Jewish Philosophy

Is there any Sefer which goes through the various philosophical issues according, and explains the opinion of the jewish philosophers? (Example what is space; according to the rambam, rasag... What is ...
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Meaning of the phrase “all Holy Scripture defile the hands.”

I'm sorry if this question is too basic (I'm really impressed with the learned people answering questions on Mi Yodeya!). I was reading about the Council of Jamnia on Wikipedia: https://en....
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Framing a Page from a Holy Book

Suppose you had a single page from an old Tanakh or rabbinic book. Would it be permissible to frame and mount the page on a wall?
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What resources are recommended for learning biblical exegesis?

Inspiration for this question comes from reading Avigdor Bonchek's "Studying the Torah: A Guide to in-Depth Interpretation". What is unique about this book is the way the author has chosen just a few ...
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When was the Sefer Nizzahon Yashan written?

When was the Sefer Nizzahon Yashan written? And this question leads me to another one: Does anyone know of any mention in Rishonim or acharonim about it (or about its author)? The Sefer Nizzahon ...
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Where can I find Chovoth haLevavoth in Arabic?

Where can I find Chovoth haLevavoth in Arabic?
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Books on respect between partners

I have been told that there are good books for helping understand how to improve the respect I can give my significant other. I have found a few online stores, but was wondering what sort of books I ...
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Family purity by degree

I have the opportunity to reach out to someone who will be getting married soon, to discuss the laws of family purity. He has no real connections to any religious community at this point in life so ...
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Chasidic Sefarim on the Moadim

I am looking for a comprehensive list of Chasidic sefarim which deal with every one of the Moadim, in terms of Machshava/Hashkafa. One I know of so far which meets this criteria is Pri Tzaddik by Rav ...
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Are there published works of Eleazar Rokeach (of Worms) in English?

A list from Wikipedia can be found here of his ethical and pietistic works. Known as well by: Eleazar of Worms (אלעזר מוורמייזא) (c. 1176–1238) Eleazar ben Judah ben Kalonymus Eleazar Rokeach (...
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Seeding free libraries with books with names of Hashem

In my area there are (secular) library boxes like these The idea is a simple variation on the honor system: Take a book, return a book. Someone, generally a volunteer, puts out a roofed box ...
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Books of the Ben ish chai on a husbands responsibilities to his wife

In hukai hanoshim chaper 9 he writes that he will in a different book bring the husbands responsibilities to his wife. Did he do it? If yes in what book/s? see bottom paragraph
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How did R' Yaakov Risher arrive at the exact number of responsa that he published?

Volume 1 and 3 of Shvus Yaakov have 182 responsa in each, corresponding to the numerical value of the author's name, Yaakov. Volume 2 has 188 responsa. After responsum 182 of volume 2, the author ...
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Is there a relationship between the Sma“g and the Sma”k?

The works Sefer Mitzvos Gadol and Sefer Mitzvos Katan have very similar names, but I never assumed the connection went far beyond that. Then, I saw a Beis Yosef (Yoreh Deah 194) which, in explanation ...
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Sefer on Contemporary Shailos

Would anyone know a sefer on Contemporary Halachic Shailos (=questions) in English (on all of Shulchan Aruch?)