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Is there a caution in Torah against leaning on sifrei kodesh

BH Is there a worry of leaning on sifrei kodesh like leaning your left elbow on the book while doing something else with your right hand?
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Minchas Chinuch - Kuntres Bnei Noach ,is it available or lost?

This shabbos I came across a reference to a Kuntres bnei Noach in the Minchas Chinuch Parshas Mishpatim on the mitzvah of Dini geneiva. Has anyone seen this kuntres anywhere ,is it available, is it ...
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Sefarim explaining R Akiva Eiger on shas

I recently saw a sefer called Sadeh Eliyahu that goes through the GRA on shas and elaborates what he is saying. I'm wondering if anyone has ever done something similar for R Akiva Eiger's Gilyon ...
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Background of the Hasagat HaRa'avad on Rambam

A few questions about the Ra'avad: What does Hasagat mean in the context of the title of Hasagat HaRa'avad? I have seen the term used in reference to his works "HaRa'avad BeHasagatsv" So it ...
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Edition of Mesilat Yesharim

Can someone please recommend an edition of Mesilat Yesharim? I am looking for an edition with the following features. All Hebrew Nice, clear print Elucidations/commentaries for difficult passages ...
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Do all hasidim/some frum follow Shulchan aruch haRav? [duplicate]

Do all hasidim, Satmar/Chabad/Breslov etc follow the Shulchan aruch haRav? is there any hasidic group that mainly uses Mishnah Berurah for halacha lemaaseh primarily? I know frum Ashkenazim mainly use ...
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Basic Kabbalah books for kids

I'm looking for children's books that teach basic Kabbalah concepts in a simple way. Preferably with illustrations and stories. EDIT: For all the discussion in the comments, remember that I am asking ...
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Kabbalistic concepts taught in an allegorical story

Looking for a book filled with stories (real or allegorical) which implicitly teach different Kabalistic concepts and how they're applied/relevant to different situations. Something like a Kabbalistic ...
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Is there a Sefer that explains each 'melech' in the megilla? [duplicate]

Esther Rabba (3:10) says that any place in the megilla where it says מלך without specifying אחשוורוש afterwards, it is referring to both the mundane king - Achashverosh, and to the holy king - hashem. ...
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Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu’s writings

Is there a source online for halachic writings of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu zt’’l? He was a Sephardic chief rabbi, did he publish any books of Halacha or responsa?
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R. Shlomo Klonitsky-Kline's dictionary of synonyms and homonyms

According to the Hebrew Wikipedia article on R. Shlomo Klonitsky-Kline it is said that he composed a dictionary of Hebrew synonyms and homonyms titled מלון דקדוקי (CMIIW, all of them related to Torah ...
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Best Seforim Stores in USA and Israel?

What seforim stores in the USA and Israel that ship, objectively, have the most extensive selection? Especially for Kabbalah, chassidus, machshava and Rav Kook? In USA east coast region optimal. In ...
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Who is the Yalkut Moshe

Where can i find information about the author of the Sefer Yalkut Moshe? Thank you in advance.
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What is the section labeled מענה לשון in a Chumash?

Looking at a sample page of the Chumash Simanim (for ex. here), I see the Torah text, Targum Onkelos, Rashi, and, at the foot of the page, a section labeled מענה לשון. What is this last section, and ...
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English translation of Ibn Ezra's Torah commentary

I'm trying to look for a book with Ibn Ezra's commentary on the Torah, with both Hebrew, and English translations. However, I can't find one. Could anyone recommend a book which has this?
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online database containing seforim information

does anyone know of an online database that has seforim information, including author, year of publication, and short description. Thanks in advance
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Does the Kuntres Yeshivas Eretz Yisroel exist?

In the Eim Habonim Smeichah, the Mishnah Sachir makes many references to a Kuntres Yeshivas Eretz Yisroel by a certain R' Yonah Doc Blumberg from Dvinsk. Is this kuntres in publication? Is anyone ...
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Rav Chaim Palagi on what is more important: writing seforim or giving shiurim

I heard in an interview with Rabbi Daniel Glatstein and ArtScroll (min. 39:47) that Rav Chaim Palagi wrote on the importance of writing seforim. Rav Chaim Palagi is said to have explained that writing ...
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Buying seforim online

Is there a problem with buying seforim from a (non-Jewish) online seller, such as Amazon? eg. do we need to worry about how they have treated the seforim (eg. thrown the packages around)? If there ...
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Chasam Sofer Biography

Does anybody have any recommendations for a Biography about the Chasam Sofer? I'm really interested in learning more about him and the events in his life that may have influenced his writings.
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Modern/ legible edition of Chik’kei Lev

Is anyone aware of a modern edition, or transcription, of Rabbi Chaim Palaggi’s responsa Chik’kei Lev? The only edition I can find on Otzar and on HebrewBooks is a scan that’s barely legible. And it ...
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Different publishers of kovetz mefarshim

I'm wondering what the different major publishers of kovetz mefarshim on Gemara are, and if there are any pros/cons to the different editions. In general, and if known regarding Kiddushin specifically....
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What are the best books that teach Dikduk? [duplicate]

What are the best books to learn Dikduk? Both Lashon Hakodesh and Rabbinic/Mishnaic Hebrew.
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Does anyone know from which book this excerpt comes from?

Someone posted this excerpt on social media: Freedom in Judaism is defined by the ability of the soul to rule over the body, the capacity of the mind to channel the emotions of the heart. Not that ...
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Sefer on the chagim/moadei Hashana

Looking for a sefer that discusses the energy that's in the world at every time period throughout the Jewish calendar (so each month and each chag). Which sefer can I turn to for this info? Ideally ...
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Content of the various sets of Chabad books [duplicate]

I was wondering about the differences between the various sets of Chabad books by the Rebbe, for example, Likkutei sichos vs sefer hasichos vs likkutei sichos parshioyos, sefer maamorim, sefer ...
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Are the stories from Chashukei Chemed real?

Is there any information about the anonymous stories from the series of seforim Chashukei Chemed from R' Yitzchok Silberstein if they are real or just made up? One that was particularly bugging me ...
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What should one do if one sees a Tanach placed/shelved beside another religion's text?

For example, a Tanach is being sold in a bookstore and it's placed right beside a New Testament/Christian Bible and a Quran. What should one do? Should one buy the copies to preserve its sacredness?
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Are there formats/templates for seforim?

I was wondering. There are many seforim which have the same lay-out as other seforim. It is usually places on the first pages of the sefer, and the same style is often placed on the cover. Here's a ...
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Rashi with sources in context

Is there a sefer chumash with Rashi's commentary which brings Rashi's sources in context? For example, if Rashi were to quote a gemara, this sefer would print the relevant text of the gemara in the ...
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Book recommendation: commentaries on aggadah?

Shalom. Does anyone know of a good book/set that collects mefarshim on aggadic portions of the talmud? I am specifically looking for works that summarize or collect various opinions or commentaries, ...
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Divrei Yoel Al HaTorah recommendations

I have been looking for a while now, for a newly done typeset for the Divrei Yoel Al HaTorah by Rav Yoel Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rav. The standard-edition, see here has the old Rashi-script which I can ...
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Chazon ish translation

Does the community know where I can find an English translation of the Chazon Ish’s masterpiece (well the Chazon ish).
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Sefer on bal tashchit

Is there any contemporary Sefer which covers the basics of hilchos bal tashchit, and practical cases of their relevancy.
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List of what noahides can’t observe

Is there a Sefer or article that gives a comprehensive list of what mitzvot noahides can and can not observe (beyond the basic understanding of the 7 laws) Furthermore, what voluntary mitzvot ...
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Pocket-size Tehillim with trop

Is there a clear, pocket-sized safer Tehillim, printed with trop ? Ideally, the girsah is corrected against the Keter Aram Soba. Everything I've seen is either fairly large or lacks trop, but I live ...
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Is there any way to get a copy of Pillar of Prayer translated by Menachem Kallus

In my search to learn about about the Baal Shem Tov's teachings I came across this book which sounds like it is exactly the sort of book I've been searching for: https://fonsvitae.com/product/pillar-...
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Which Sefer deserves "The Artscroll treatment"? [closed]

B"H, Artscroll has been very busy producing a large plethora of translated Sefarim to the general public. I was wondering which Sefarim should get translated. There is several factors to this; ...
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What’s the source for Kiriyat Shma AlHamita prayers as they are written in the Tehilat Hashem siddur?

BH What’s the source for reciting kiriyat Shma Al Hamita which includes additional prayer besides just the shma as they are laid out in Tehilat Hashem sidur? The prayers being Ribono Shel Olam, ...
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Status of books printed by the "Society for Distributing Hebrew Scriptures"

There are ostensibly a bunch of Christians who want to encourage Jews to learn Torah and keep mitzvot because they believe that will bring the Moshiach, so they have a Tanach they have printed and ...
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Someone left a sefer open. Who is affected by increased forgetfulness?

Amongst the things that encourage forgetfulness דברים הגורמים לשכחה is השארת ספר פתוח בעת הלימוד leaving a book open at the time of learning. Is the possibility of forgetfulness just for the ...
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What should I do with these manuscripts?

My great grandfather learned in many big European yeshivos. I recently obtained from his nephew 7 notebooks he wrote of shiurim he heard from R' Baruch Ber, R' Ahron Kotler, R' Shimon Shkopp, and R' ...
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Can old Jewish books be restored by non-Jewish experts?

Can old Jewish books be restored by non-Jewish experts? For example, i am non-Jews have old books related to Judaism. But it is too old. So, there is a way to restore old books in the traditional ...
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Mishkenos Haro'im: The Shinnover Rebbe's response to the Shivas Tzion

This article relates that Rabbi Yechezkel Halberstam, the Shinnover Rebbe, responded to a statement written in the in 1891 published sefer "Shivas Tzion" written by Rabbi Avraham Yaakov ...
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Are there any seforim that explain taamey halocho?

Are there any seforim that explain the reasons why we do halochos. I find halocho very dry and want to find the pnimius in understanding them.
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Tz’ror ba-Kessef and Ikkurei Dinnim

This article, footnote 40, refers to two responsa, neither of which I can track down: Tz’ror ba-Kessef YD 18 (there is a Tz’ror ha-Kessef, which may be what is meant, but if so I’ve been unable to ...
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PDF of Sefer HaAggadah

I’ve had only a few months ago a pdf of the entire Sefer HaAggadah (Book of Legends) by Bialik that they had online, but now I am unable to find it. Anyone know any sites that have the entire book ...
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Scanning pages of an out of print sefer for a friend [closed]

If someone is finding it hard to get hold of an out of print sefer, and it is prohibitively expensive to get it on a special order, would their friend, who owns the sefer, be allowed to scan the pages/...
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Do fish feel pain? [duplicate]

Are there any seforim, esoteric or otherwise, that teach such matters as the physiological differences between various species or general categories of animals? For example do fish feel pain? If they ...
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Sefer about Tzniyus in loshon Hakodesh

I am looking for recommendations for a sefer in Loshon Hakodesh about the laws of tznius (modesty). If anyone knows of any comprehensive sefer, please respond! [I already know about Rabbi Falk’s "...
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