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How big is the baalei tshuva movement resulting from the “Art Scroll Revolution”?

Since 1975, Art Scroll Publishing, and its non-profit arm The Mesorah Foundation, have produced Hebrew-English annotated translations of Tanach, the Mishna, the Babylonian Talmud, the Kitzur Shulchan ...
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How many disputed and undisputed Torah Mitzvot are there?

If you combine all the known lists of the "613 Mitzvot" (Rambam, Ramban, Semag, etc.), how many total mitzvot are listed by at least one person as a Mitzvah Deoreitya? I am curious to compare this to ...
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Why was Megillas Taanis written?

In general, oral Torah isn't allowed to be written down (Gittin 60b). For all generations until the Amorayim (at least according to Rashi), that Halacha was kept. Yet, according to Rashi, Megillas ...
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Why are rabbonim referred to by the names of their seforim?

Many rabbonim who published important seforim are coloquially referred to by the names of one of the seforim. Why is this? When did it start?
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Sefer written by a woman?

I remember hearing once about a sefer written by a woman that people were learning but then it was banned. Do you the name of the sefer/author? *I think it was written in pre-war Europe
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Is the Aleppo Codex hekdesh?

Every 10 or so pages of the Keter, the words קדש לה' לא ימכר ולא יגאל are written across the top. These words are based on Vayikra 27:28, which discusses hekdesh. Does that mean somebody actually ...
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Book (or section of one) about the years of the Jewish kings and their variations depending on their actions?

As anyone who's learned Sefer Melachim knows, there are a lot of places where the years of the kings of Yehuda and Yisrael don't quite seem to match up. (See this question.) As an example, Rechavam ...
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Modern Zohar printing with older pagination

Has the Zohar been reprinted in such a way where the pagination follows the old printing? Meaning, it is common to find myriads of editions that where printed in modern times, but I have found that ...
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Maharam Shiff’s Mnemonic indexes

The Wikipedia page (from Jewish encyclopedia) for Rabbi Meir Shiff states: A mnemonic index to the Bible and the Talmud by him is also extant. Where can I find such an index?
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Rav Yosef Karo's Kesef Mishneh: is there online an English translation?

Do you know of online an English translation of Rav Yosef Karo's Kesef Mishneh? Unless I'm mistaken, it is a fundamental work to better understand the Mishneh Torah.
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Tikkunei Zohar in English or Hebrew

Has the Tikunei Zohar ever been translated into English? Perhaps Hebrew? Online or dead tree works.
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Is there an English translation of Die wichtigsten Instanzen gegen die Graf-Wellhausensche Hypothese?

Is there an English translation of Die wichtigsten Instanzen gegen die Graf-Wellhausensche Hypothese? This is the book in German by R' Dovid Tzvi Hoffman זצ''ל, disproving the documentary hypothesis.
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Is there a code of the Rosh in a single volume?

I am familiar of modern single volume editions of the codes of Rambam (other) and Alfasi. I have yet to come across such a volume of the Rosh. Has such such a volume been produced?
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Placing a notebook on top of sefarim

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:9) writes: לא ישרטט איזה קונטרס על הספר, לפי שאין קדושה בקונטרס, עד שיכתבו בו You should not draw lines on notebook [while] on [a holy] book, because the notebook is not ...
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Transgress 5 mitzvos by not returning the siddur?

I was told that if one does not replace the sefer one is using in the Beis Hamedrash, one can transgress several (5?) mitzvos from the Torah. I can see that one would transgress “love your neighbour ...
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Seeking easy-Hebrew, high-interest books on Jewish topics for 8 year old boy

Seeking titles of books and names of authors of high-interest children's books on Jewish topics in easy Hebrew with nikudot. (Indications of reading grade level would be helpful.)
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Book recommendation for Jewish mindfulness

My Yom Kippur "cheshbon hanefesh" taught me that I should train myself to be conscious of the purpose of each activity, however trivial, as I engage in it through the day. (I think that this might be ...
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Was the Sheiltot of Rav Achai Gaon ever translated?

Does anyone know if the Sheiltot was ever translated into English?
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Looking for a Halachic/Hashkafic Sefer about Shirah

Music seems to play a predominant role in Jewish life, looking at the common practice of Shabbos zemiros or the wide variety of tunes during davening as some examples. Some of this bleeds over into ...
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When someone become non observant

A young man, brought up in a religious home, Yeshiva day and high schools, 2 years in Yeshiva in Israel, decides to work on Shabbos, not observe Kashrut etc. Is there one book you would recommend for ...
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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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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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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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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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Text based Ritva / Rabeinu Kresscass?

My chavrusa is looking for a text-based copies of Ritva (חידושים מכתב יד) and Rabeinu Kresscass (ריטב"א) on Gittin, so that he could put them into his computer. Where can I find a copy of either of ...
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May one hang Torah passages or ketubah in the marital bedroom?

I understand that one is not supposed to store holy books in one's marital bedroom, unless they are covered. I gather that this is due to the fact that marital relations occur there, and there is a ...
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Ruling of the Chazon Ish on expelling an at-risk-of-nonobservance bad influence

In HaRav Aharon Feldman shlita book, "The Eye of the Storm", in the chapter entitled, "The Chazon Ish", Rav Feldman lists some questions that were asked to the Chazon Ish. One of them is, May a Rosh ...
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Josephus' Fall of Jerusalem

Is this book commonly accepted in the Jewish world as an accurate description of the events surrounding destruction of the Beit HaMikdash? I'm particularly interested in its portrayal of the behavior ...
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Where to keep holy books

I understand that holy books may not be kept in a bedroom. May one keep holy books in the kitchen or in the bedroom in a closed cupboard if a dwelling is a studio and does not have a separate living ...
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What are R' Yaakov miLissa's commentaries on the m'gilos called?

Many a Jewish book is known colloquially by its title, like Avne Nezer and More N'vuchim. Many a one is known colloquially by its author's name, like the commentaries of R' Moshe Alshich and Malbim on ...
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Resource for learning the Beis Yosef

Does anyone know of a book or website that is dedicated to understanding/explaining the Beis Yosef on the Tur? (In a similar way as the Pri Megadim works on the Taz/SHach/Magen Avraham).
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What is the holiness status of a Siddur

The Shulhan Aruch (Y"D 282) tells us that one should stack certain books in a certain order (e.g. Humash on top of a Sefer Navi). What is the Din of a Siddur for this purpose? My friend told me he ...
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Which Sacred Books Require Burial?

A straightforward question: can anybody please source for me a full discussion of which seforim require burial and which do not. (By way of an example, I have heard it said that a gemara need not be ...
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Chumash with Rashi and Siftei Chachamim

Does anyone know of a Chumash (not Mikraot Gedolot) with Rashi and Siftei Chachamim Most Chumashim come with Ikar Siftei Chachamim, but that's not the same thing.
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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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Help trying to find the lifespan of an ancient rabbi

Zohar (Vayikra 10a) quotes a sefer by R. Hamnunab [Hanunah] Sabah, a sage of Second Beit HaMikdash times. Thing is, I can't pin-point the lifespan. Can someone help me with this? Toda.
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What is the definition of a Kuntres?

A kuntres is, generally speaking, known to be a pamphlet or a booklet in the spirit and style of traditional ethical Torah teachings. But how is this different to a small sefer? How many pages it ...
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Orientation of Kahati's map of the Beis Hamikdash

R' Kahati's map of the Beis Hamikdash - that is printed just before the beginning of Meseches Midos - has South at the top and North at the bottom. I have always found this a little confusing, being ...
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Has the corpus of Tosafoth been printed in one volume?

The Talmudic commentary called Tosafoth has been printed together with the Talmud text itself for many centuries. For example, even Maharal testifies (in 1595) to this in Nesiv Hatorah ch. 5: והכל ...
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Is there a book or online source explaining Jewish year-“type” sequences?

The current Judaic calendar allows for three types of year lengths: Chaser ("missing") - 353 days Kesidra ("in order") - 354 days Shalem ("full") - 355 days (Add 30 to each of the above for leap ...
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Does the Talmud continue to use extra Tanachic sources?

I'm trying to draw an analogy between the written and the oral Torah. After the Mishna was signed, the Sages continued to use extra-Mishnaic sources forever (Toseftah, Midrashim, etc). After the 24 ...
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Commentaries on aruch hashulchan

Did anyone write a peirush on aruch hashulchan?(on the choshen mishpat part) I am looking for a english or hebrew commentary.
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How many words are there in the Zohar?

Zohar (with and w/o the Tikunei Zohar) Tikkunei Zohar Also is there a site/place that lists or otherwise aids in wordcounts for different Jewish books /Seforim ? TYVM
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Jewish sources on Spanish Inquisition

During and after the Holocaust, there were many situations, which although horrible, required שאלות ותשובות from many of the rabbis at the time on certain questions in הלכה pertaining to the Holocaust....
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Qafih edition of Bustan al-Uqul Online?

Is R. Yosef Qafih's translation גן השכלים by R. Nathanel al-Fayumi available online somewhere? It seems to appear here in Otzar HaChochma but only the first 40 pages.
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List of Seforim that are mentioned in the Pischei Teshuva

In his hakdamah, the Pischei Teshuva lists off 192 seforim that he used in his sefer. Did anybody ever publish a comprehensive collection of all the seforim that are used in the Pischei Teshuva, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...