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Is this chart of the mesorah of Torah available in English?

My sister made this chart. It is kind of a condensed version of the hebrew one: And here's a version with the titles transliterated, instead of translated:
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Is pharisaical - or any similar allusion to the Pharisees - offensive to modern Jews?

The term "pharisaical" is offensive to many Jews (me included) because it denigrates some of our most respected rabbis. When Jews think of Pharisees, they think of the sect at the end of the Second ...
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Is pharisaical - or any similar allusion to the Pharisees - offensive to modern Jews?

It is inexact to say that the Pharisees were a "small sect". Most common Jews followed the teachings of the rabbinic Pharisees, as opposed to those of other sects like Sadducees (see Josephus' ...
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What is the difference between a temple, a synagogue, and a congregation?

A synagogue is a Jewish house of prayer. The term refers to both the building and the institution. You'll also hear the Yiddish word shul, which is actually derived from "school" but has come to ...
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What is the best English translation of the Tanakh (hard copy, not online)?

Since you said Tanach, I'm going to only include full Tanach translations here and ignore the various translations which only include the Torah. These are all the complete Tanach translations I know ...
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English version of SHULCHAN ARUCH

It took several years from the OP but I am pleased to announce that Sefaria has posted most of the original-by-Señor-Yosef-Karo Shulchan Aruch in English: https://www.sefaria.org/texts/Halakhah/...
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Is there a standard for writing Hebrew words in English letters

The challenge is that there are different ways to pronounce Hebrew. Ashkenazim, Sefaradim, Teimanim, etc. all pronounce words differently. There is a very interesting project called OpenSiddur which ...
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Is there a short Daf Yomi shiur online in English?

Master Daf is an unusually clear 20 minute daf yomi shiur in english, with every word read and translated, available on all of Shas. Maggid Shiur is a R`m in Slabodka Yeshiva of Bnai Brak........
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What's a good beginner-friendly collection of aggadah in English?

I think Legends of the Jews by Prof. Louis Ginzberg is the classic work of aggadah. It follows the order of the Torah, and appears in 7 volumes. The first 4 volumes are the actual aggadot, the next ...
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Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli

I have learned with both the Koren and the Artscroll. I actually switched to the Koren Steinsaltz. I have been using it everyday to learn daf yomi for 2 years. It really depends what your looking for ...
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Jewish Books on Education

My suggestions are: Planting & Building in Education: Raising a Jewish Child Hardcover by Shlomo Wolbe extract from the Amazon blurb, “The author is one of the foremost spiritual leaders of ...
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Is there any Mikras Gedolos in English?

If you're interested in buying meforshim individually (in which case they will come with many more editorial and elucidation notes), here's a few: Artscroll Rashi Metsudah Sifsei Chachamim ...
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Reciting Shema in English

Berachot 13a ת"ר ק"ש ככתבה דברי רבי וחכ"א בכל לשון מ"ט דרבי אמר קרא והיו בהוייתן יהו ורבנן מאי טעמייהו אמר קרא שמע בכל לשון שאתה שומע ולרבי נמי הא כתיב שמע ההוא מבעי ליה השמע לאזניך מה שאתה ...
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Online Synopsis of each Mesechta of Talmud Bavli

Look at the introduction of the מאירי to each masechta, where he breaks down the topics of the masechta in general as well as perek by perek. (He also does that in a more perek-specific manner at the ...
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Online Synopsis of each Mesechta of Talmud Bavli

The Soncino has an introduction to a) The Talmud, b) Each Order, c) Each Tractate. You can see most of them here: http://halakhah.com/
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English Translation of Zohar online

Chabad has a partial translation online. it includes the parts that are included in hok l'yisrael. The translation is by Rabbi Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin. I don't know if that will include what you're ...
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A good beginner study Talmud for a student

As Noach mi Frankfurt said in a comment, there are four English translations: Soncino, Neusner, Artscroll, and Koren/Steinsaltz, and Kfir Shlomo noted a fifth edited by A. Zvi Ehrman. I've worked ...
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What are clear and concise translations of the various meanings of "Ruach HaKodesh" in English?

The English translation I've seen most for Ruach HaKodesh is "Divine inspiration." This translation is consistent with its usage in Jewish texts, as described concisely in this Everything2 entry, to ...
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Where can I get English commentaries on the Nach?

In addition to your references, here are some others. Feel free to add to this list. Rashi Five Megillot Tehillim Ibn Ezra Tehillim (1-41) Isaiah Proverbs Saadia Gaon Iyov Ramban Discourse on ...
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Are there interlinear translations of the siddur other than by Artscroll?

Siddur Besamim Rosh Nusach Ashkenaz & Nusach Sefard is an interlinear Siddur. They can be purchased brand new at Jewish Used Books.
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Is there an English translation online of the Ramban on Chumash?

Sefaria.org has the complete Ramban on the Torah online for free in Hebrew, with a small minority of sections so far community-translated into English: Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy ...
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Sefer on Contemporary Shailos

There are many series of such books, a few I like are R Daniel Mann from Eretz Hemda has a very nice series called Living the halachic process (also available one of them also available on Kindle) - ...
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Why is "we" mentioned twice in the English translation of Ps. 20:8?

Here's a more colloquial translation of what they're trying to accomplish: Some rely on their chariots, and some on their horses, but as for us? We call out in the name of God! (There is no double-...
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Is the English "YHWH" a valid equivalent to the Tetragrammaton?

At lease according to some rishonim, any language other than Ancient Hebrew is not truly a language but rather an agreed upon method of communication (see the Ran in his commentary in the beginning of ...
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English Names of the Five Chumashim

If you look in midrash and other early sources, you will actually find the following Hebrew names for the 5 books: Sefer Bereshit Sefer Hageulah Toras Kohanim Chumash Hapekudim Mishneh Torah These ...
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Is pharisaical - or any similar allusion to the Pharisees - offensive to modern Jews?

Names often carry within them the intention of the one who speaks and uses them. The word "Jew" can be said in a way which makes it into an insult, or it can be said in a way which carries no ...
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Is this chart of the mesorah of Torah available in English?

There's a multi-colored one on chabad.org, the title of the article is "The Torah from Sinai - A Diagram". The content in this page is produced by Chabad.org, and is copyrighted by the author and/or ...
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Is there any Mikras Gedolos in English?

JPS is publishing an English edition. I asked about its contents here; it's a condensed version, but at one volume per book of torah it covers a lot more ground than a one-volume chumash. I'm very ...
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Recommendation for a digital Torah codex for software developers

Sefaria is a great resource for this sort of thing. See their developer documentation, and terms of use for more information. They return results in JSON or JSONP. Each translation has its own ...
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Where can I buy a Chumash with Rashi in English?

You can get it all online here or buy this ArtScroll set. You can also go old school and get the JPS set (that's the link for Devarim).
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