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What does כתר"ה stand for?

It's a term of respect when referring to someone: כבוד תורתו הרמה
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Abbreviation: בש"ט on a gravestone

It stands for נפטר בשם טוב - he died with a good name. The expression is based on Berachot 17a. רבי יוחנן כי הוה מסיים ספרא דאיוב אמר הכי סוף אדם למות וסוף בהמה לשחיטה והכל למיתה הם עומדים אשרי מי ...
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Deciphering Acronym in Holy Book

It's a bracha derivated from Yeshayahu 40:29 ‏[‏בָּרוּך] נֹתֵ֥ן לַיָּעֵ֖ף כֹּ֑חַ וּלְאֵ֥ין אוֹנִ֖ים עׇצְמָ֥ה יַרְבֶּֽה׃ [Blessed be the one who] gives to the weak strength, and to the ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

If you search Google for "Mrs. * ZT-L", you'll find many instances of this honorific used for couples, and a few for women. Here are some examples of it used for women by various Jewish news or public ...
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Source for Hardest Masechtos

It is mentioned in the Zohar 276a וְרוֹכֵב עַל חֲמוֹר. עָנִי אִיהוּ תַּמָּן בְּסִימָן, עֵרוּבִין נִדָּה יְבָמוֹת, וּשְׁאַר מַתְנִיתִין בִּכְלָל. וְלָא אִתְקְרֵי תַּמָּן מֶלֶךְ, עַד דְּרָכִיב ...
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Who are the מאמ"ר and the כה"ח?

The Ma'amar Mordechai can be found here. The Kaf HaChayim can be found here.
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

There are several instances in rabbinic literature where the rabbinic author mentions a deceased female relative and uses the appellation "zatzal". Here are two examples: R. Moshe Sofer ...
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What does בחי"ח stand for?

The Beit Yosef there is referring to חלק י״ח, section 18, of Rabbeinu Yerocham's discussion of the laws of Shabbat in his Sefer Toledot Adam veChavah, Adam, Netiv 12. Thus, בחי״ח stands for בחלק י״ח.
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What does אחדשה"ט stand for?

אחר דרישת שלומו הטוב After seeking his [i.e. the recipient’s] wellbeing
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Is there a website that has a list of Roshei Teivot in text format?

Lists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hebrew_abbreviations https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_Dictionary_of_the_Targumim,_the_Talmud_Babli_and_Yerushalmi,_and_the_Midrashic_Literature/...
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What does ממנ”פ mean?

Seemingly this stands for ממה נפשך which literally means something like "what[ever] you want" but roughly translates to "either way" and is a technical term used to introduce a ...
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What does תושׁלכ"ע mean?

Perhaps you saw תושלב״ע, rather than תושלכ״ע. As per this handy book of abbreviations, תושלב״ע stands for תם ונשלם, שבח לא-ל בורא עולם, “Whole and complete, praise to G-d, the Creator of the world.” (...
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What does LAYT stand for?

Kitzur.co.il has the entry לאי"ט standing for לאורך ימים טובים LAYT will be the transliteration into English. Idiomatic Translation - "for a long and good life" (I normally write LOY”T.)
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Meaning of abbreviation tblch"t / tblch"a

See p. 322 of this Google book. The Hebrew abbrevaiation is יבדל"א for males and תבדל"א for females. Loose transliteration - TiBadel/YiBadel Lecha'im Arukhim meaning "May s/he live long, on the ...
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What does פ׳ ב׳ פ׳ stand for in the context of prayer (specifically related to prayer #8 of the Amidah)?

In the 8th blessing, which is focused on healing the sick, there is a supplemental prayer as you point out, that a person can add in if they know anyone in particular who is unwell. The "פ׳ ב׳ פ׳&...
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

Following @ Isaac Moses, I searched for Rebbetzen * zt-l and found: Rebbetzin Kanievsky ZTL in the yeshivaworld.com Rebbetzin Bluma ZTL in matzav.com Rebbetzin Vichna Kaplan ztl in linkapeida-...
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What does נלבעה mean?

It means נלקחה לבית עולמה which means “taken to her eternal home”. Most abbreviations have the quote marks before the last letter (e.g. שליט"א ביהמ"ק) so נלבע"ה seems better. נלבע"ה ביום שישי means ...
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Acronyms in Tanya

It is not an acronym it is the number 370. See Lessons in Tanya here.
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What’s the meaning of the abbreviation (ז"פ)?

My best guess is ז'פעמים, or 7 times, similar to what we see many time ג"פ for "three times".
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What does בי in בירבי mean?

Following Rashi in numerous places, the Aruch HaShalem (vol. 2, pg. 183) posits that ברבי means (son of) a great man of the time. The eminent scholar and philologist Saul Lieberman (Tosefta Kefshutah ...
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Sources referenced as אר"ח ח"ב and קונדרסים

עי' ערוך ע' היסת, שכ"כ בשבועה (ע"ע) = ספר הערוך לר' נתן בן יחיאל מרומי, ערך הסת Starts on bottom of page, and continues to the next page. The footnote in Encyclopedia Talmudit means that the Aruch ...
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What does the abbreviation ז׳׳ק mean after a person's name

The Wikipedia entry says: שם משפחה יהודי, אשכנזי, לעתים מאוית עם מרכה (ז״ק), ראשי תיבות של זרע קדושים: that Zak is a Jewish family name, sometimes written with inverted commas to indicate ...
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What does דשלהי stand for?

The word שלהי is a aramaic word, not an acronym. It means worn out, or at the end of. See targum Onkelos in Bereishis 25 29, on the word עיף, he writes משלהי. In Devarim 25 18, we find the same עיף=...
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What are the abreviations on tefillin cases?

Wikimilon has the abbreviation תובב"א standing for תיבּנה ותיכּונן במהרה בימינו אמן. It should be built and established speedily in our days, amen. The abbreviation is used for the 4 holy ...
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Source for this Remez expansion of יד שחט דם

I haven't seen it inside, but a few people have told me this is written in the kisvei Hagr"a. A chavrusa told me he heard Rav Yisroel Reisman say it in a shiur b'shem Hagra; that's the best I've been ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

According to wikipedia, Zt"l is used for men as well as women. If I recall correctly, when Rebetzin Kamenetzki, wife of Rav Binyamin Kamenetzki died, about 4 months ago, many of the local articles ...
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Is there a website that has a list of Roshei Teivot in text format?

(Note: I'm the OP). Since I haven't found any good resources on Roshei Teivot, I have decided to go ahead and create an app for a list of Roshei Teivot. You can look for it on the app/play store. Edit,...
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How to write Sheyichye in short in english

I recommend "(may he live!)". It's unambiguous, unlike an abbreviation, which may stand for any number of things, and unlike, especially, a transliterated abbreviation, which may represent different ...
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Where is the first time that Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov are referred to as ספרי אמ"ת?

According to Chaim Shimon Neuhausen in his essay "תרגום אף ב"אמ"ת"", Otzar Hachaim, vol. 8, 1932, this acronym was created by the Masoretes, though he doesn't write which of ...
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