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Would Harry Potter be killed as a sorcerer?

There are several factors to be considered to determine whether or not Harry Potter would be liable to prosecution under the witchcraft clause. Is he Jewish? Regarding his Jewishness, as noted the ...
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Why did Chizkiyahu Hide the book of Refuos

Rashi in Pesachim 56a writes that Sefer HaRefuos was hidden because their hearts were not humbled over their illness but were, rather, healed immediately. Rambam in Peirush Hamishna (Pesachim 4:10) ...
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Where can I buy inexpensive seforim online?

If you want used, also try ebay. There are a few Judaica sellers on there and you can get stuff relative inexpensively. This seller is the biggest.
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Are there any frum comic books?

Yes. Here is a page from Eichlers full of Jewish comic books
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Is Julia Donaldson's "a squash and a squeeze" based on a Jewish source?

This is from an old Jewish Polish folk tale. A man's house is too crowded, so the rabbi tells him to bring in all his animals, one species at a time. When there are no more to being in, he tells him ...
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Compendiums of Biblical commentary?

Highly recommended is The Living Torah by the late Rabbi Arye Kaplan. It's translated into modern English - no thee, thy and thou. He brings numerous interpretations in the footnotes where available....
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Compendiums of Biblical commentary?

For a Jewish translation of Nach (Tanach minus the Five Books of Moses) with a compendium of commentaries, I recommend the Judaica Press Prophets and Writings1. I have found that its English summary ...
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Which came first the Mishnah Torah or the Pirush HaMishnayos

Rambam states explicitly in the first paragraph of his introduction to Sefer Hamitzvot that the Commentary to the Mishnah came first: After having completed our previous well-known work wherein we ...
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Is Gideon's bible in my hotel room a problem?

בס"ד Ownership In regards to whether you have ownwership with a rental. The entirety of the hotel belongs to the owner of the hotel, including the rooms that we, the guests are renting from the ...
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Compendiums of Biblical commentary?

You might want to check out the ArtScroll Stone Chumash (no, it's not written on rocks). It contains all of the Torah in Hebrew with a translation, plus Rashi in Hebrew. But what really makes it good ...
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Is the Book of Enoch part of Judaism?

3 Enoch is known in Jewish tradition under the name Sefer Hekhaloth. It is part of a wider body of texts known as Hekhaloth literature. This book is now considered one of the primary texts of kabbalah ...
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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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Why did Chizkiyahu Hide the book of Refuos

As Rashi explains in ברכות on 10b and in פסחים on 56a: שגנז ספר רפואות לפי שלא היה לבם נכנע על חולים אלא מתרפאין מיד People would not take the illness as a stimulus to do Teshuva, rather they ...
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Seeking a particular book on Science vs. Halacha

You are probably looking for Challenge: Torah Views on Science and Its Problems, edited by R' Aryeh Carmell and Dr. Cyril Domb in association with the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, ...
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Christian Bible Holiness?

A related question asks what to do with a sefer torah written by a heretic. An answer there quotes the Rambam (Laws of Tefilin, Mezuzah, and Sefer Torah 1:13) thus: יג ספר תורה תפילין ומזוזות שכתבן ...
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Why was the Book of Genealogies hidden away?

Rashi to Pesachim 62b explains נגנז as נשתכח. So it sounds like he believes it was lost, rather than deliberately hidden (the question at the end of your final paragraph notwithstanding). Maharsha ad ...
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Beginning a comprehensive study of Moreh N'vuchim

The Pines translation is the best. Better than the ibn Tibbon translation by far. Unless you are history scholar, there is no reason to ever need to read this version. If you want to study it in ...
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Who sells broken up sets of sefarim?

A couple of options that have worked for me in the past: Ebay is your friend. I'm currently seeing a few dozen single volumes for sale there, although obviously the selection will fluctuate. I've had ...
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Rav Chaim Friedlander and Avos

This is from R' Chaim Friedlander's Sifsei Chaim al haMo'adim (vol. 1), in his discourse on R' Elazar ben Durdaya's epiphany (Avoda Zara 17a), "The matter depends only on me" ("אין הדבר ...
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Compendiums of Biblical commentary?

As noted in this answer, the Stone Chumash is a good starting point. It brings classical Jewish commentaries, verse by verse. This is one example of a category. A chumash is an edition of the five ...
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Sefer of Unanswered questions

R. David Cohen (of Cong. Gvul Yaavetz in Brooklyn) has a series of seforim consisting of unanswered questions titled ואם תאמר (I-IV, V, VI). The author of the Chelkas Yoav has a book of (103) ...
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Books about business and Torah

I really liked the following books on the intersection of Torah and business life Naftali Horowitz's You Revealed: the author is a very successful banker who shares a Torah perspective on working for ...
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Good books for non-Jews who are interested in understanding Judaism, especially branches of Orthodox judaism

I highly suggest you read The Non-Orthodox Jew's Guide to Orthodox Jews by David Baum. It is exactly what it sounds like. You will understand a lot about traditional Judaism from this book.
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Good books for non-Jews who are interested in understanding Judaism, especially branches of Orthodox judaism

Gateway to Judaism by Rabbi Mordechai Becher "Based on years of answering thousands of challenging inquiries, Becher's work blends elements of Jewish philosophy and law with an intensely practical ...
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Where can I buy inexpensive seforim online?

I can definitely recommend our site: ספרי קודש המדף היהודי as we try to keep on the lowest price online... Its in 3 languages: Hebrew, English, and French. (the hebrew version is the most developed ...
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Fulltext search across sources: Gemara, Zohars, Rishonim and Aharonim

Sefaria.org matches the description you gave, and it is free of charge. As of 2018, their searchable database contains over 143 million words, ranging from Zohar to Shev Shamtsa with abundant cross ...
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Sefas Emes and your mission

It is found in the commentary of the S'fas Emes on Avos 4:2: אא"ז ז"ל פי'… ע"פ המשנה אם אין אני לי כו' שיש לכל איש ישראל דבר מיוחד שאין אחר יכול לתקנו רק הוא וכמו כן לכל שעה דבר מיוחד שא"י לתקנו רק ...
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Recomendation for Good Books To Read to a 2-Year-Old Child

I got My First Parsha Reader when i was around 5, and has been passed down through the siblings, with everyone getting something out of it. It's geared for children 3-8, but i think that a 2 year old ...
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Recomendation for Good Books To Read to a 2-Year-Old Child

We have "Tell me the story of the Parsha." (I got it for much cheaper in a store in Brooklyn) First off, it is laminated! So no kids turning pages or spilling on it will ruin it! But in terms of ...
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Downloading a book when you've already bought a physical copy

I've heard from many Rabbis, Rabbi Yisroel Belsky and Rabbi Tuvya Goldstein amongst them, the same idea about copyright laws. They said this about musical media and computer programs, but would ...
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