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How many halachot are detailed in the Mishneh Torah?

According to Mechon Mamre: TL;DR TOTAL - 16,818 (+ 104) Hamada` - 725 Ahavah - 730 (+ 63) Zemanim - 1,738 (+ 41) Nashim - 1,207 Qedushah - 1,140 Hafla'ah - 820 Zera`im - 1,582 `Avodah - 1,537 ...
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Rashi with sources in context

There's Chumash Rashi Ha'Shalem by Mosdot Ariel (link). Also available on Otzar Hachochmah. Here's an example of one page:
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Sefaria and Rabbinic Endorsements

"Sefaria is one of my favorite things in the entire contemporary Jewish world. It is taking cutting-edge technology and doing something very spiritual by it. What it is doing is opening up the ...
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Does the Talmud continue to use extra Tanachic sources?

As @TamirEvan stated in the comments, Ben-Sira appears a few times in the Talmud, for example: Sanhedrin 100b: "The verse states: “All the days of the poor are terrible” (Proverbs 15:15). The ...
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Did any Achronim comment on the American Revolutionary or Civil Wars?

R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai twice refers to the American Revolution in his diary. Both times he is talking about the negative effect the war was having on the finances of Jews in Amsterdam who had ...
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Chumash with Shoresh highlighted

I have a (paper) book called אמרי מדריך that seems to be what you're looking for. It highlights the shoresh, showing the other letters in outline, and it includes letters from the shoresh which were ...
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Problem with Likkutei Maharil

Prof. Yedidya Alter Dinri records in his Hakhmei Ashkenaz B'Shilhi Y'mei HaBeynayim (pp. 278-9) as cited by R. Yisrael Peles in Yeshurun (20 p. 890) that many Aharonim held that Likkutei Maharil (aka ...
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Are women allowed to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh in Orthodox Judaism?

Women are indeed able to teach and write commentaries on Tanakh. There are many such examples. One of the most famous is Nechama Leibowitz who taught Torah for more than 55 years and was awarded the ...
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Why is Az Yashir printed smaller in the tikun korim?

In a standard Torah scroll they are indeed the same height as the rest of the columns, but they are wider than the regular columns. To keep the proportions right and have it fit on one page, it looks ...
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Where can the Tosafot of Rabbi Samson of Sens be found?

Tosafot Shants are printed in the margins of Eduyot in the standard Vilna edition of the Talmud (counterintuitively, it isn't usually printed in editions of the Mishna). You can read it online here. ...
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Is there a topic index for Igrot Moshe?

There is a very popular sefer called Yad Moshe which is an index for Igros Moshe. See here.
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What is a "Chosson Shas"?

Generally speaking, a Chosson Shas is a set of larger Gemarahs - a couple of inches taller and wider than the typical full-sized Gemarah you would find in your shul. The type is thus bigger and easier ...
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The New Artscroll Mishnayos: Product Recommendation

I have learned the entire Mishna based on the Yad Avraham series in English. I also own much of the newer Schottenstein Edition of the Mishna. Here are a few thoughts I found the introductions to ...
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Sefer on Chazal, Geonim and Later Acharonim

On Chazal there is a series of books by R Binyamin Lau on Jewish sages (from Koren), vol 1 on the Second Temple period, vol 2 on Yavne to Bar Kochba, vol 3 on the Galilean period, vol 4 on the period ...
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Does the Talmud continue to use extra Tanachic sources?

Adding to @Harel13's answer, four points: The Gemara in Yevamot 86b says the following: אמר רב חסדא בתחלה לא היו מעמידים שוטרי' אלא מן הלוים שנאמר (דברי הימים ב יט, יא) ושוטרים הלוים לפניכם עכשיו ...
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On What Subjects Does One Say Birchas HaTorah?

The Gemara in Maseches Berachos (11b) clearly tells us what types of learning require a blessing. א"ר יהודה אמר שמואל השכים לשנות עד שלא קרא ק"ש צריך לברך משקרא ק"ש א"צ לברך שכבר נפטר באהבה רבה אמר ...
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Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future

Masechet Menachos 29b states that Moshe Rabeinu was allowed to sit in the bais medrash of Rabbi Akivah, but could not follow the learning there. They told that when Moses went above to receive the ...
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What's controversial about Chemdat HaYamim?

The work deals with laws and customs, particularly relating to the holidays. It is strongly associated with Sabbatianism and was attributed by R. Yaakov Emden (e.g. in his Torat HaK'naot, Altona, 1752,...
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Is there an online resource like Jewish Encyclopedia available that is more up to date?

The Encyclopedia Judaica, first published in 1971-1972, and updated as recently as 2007, is a bit more recent than Jewish Encyclopedia. While it isn't available online, many of its articles are ...
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Synopsis of Kerem Yehoshua

I found this book yesterday in my yeshiva's library. It seems like an interesting book. In any case, the book describes his technique at length, but there's one specific chapter called "סדר ...
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Where did the manuscript for Shoreshei HaMitzvot l’Ramchal come from?

The entire sefer can be read here for free (as Otzar HaChochmah now allows up to 150 pages of free viewing in each sefer, and this one is less than 150 pages). On p. 5 it says the person who published ...
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Is there a master list(s) of Middot?

The Sefer Orchos Tzaddikim speaks about the following character traits: גאוה - Pride/Arrogance ענוה - Humility בושה - Shame עזות - Brazenness אהבה - Love שנאה - Hate רחמים - Mercy אכזריות - Cruelty ...
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Are there seforim printed by North African sefardi achronim of the last 250 years

There are several. Rav Moshe Kalfon HaKohen (1874-1950) - Born in Djerba, Tunisia. Most famous for his Shu"t Shoel VeNishaal and series on Shulchan Aruch entitled Brit Kehunah Chacham Avraham ...
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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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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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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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Hirsch chumash online

R' Hirsch's commentary is available in Hebrew translation as one of the commentaries in AlHatorah.org's Mikraot Gedolot. You can jump straight to his commentary on a particular verse using a URL of ...
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Trying to find a quote of the Cheshek Shlomo

The Chesek Shlomo(which is Rabbi Shlomo Hakohen) can be found in the back of the Shulchan Aruch (Melachim) (Kovetz Mefarshim) which has many meforshim on each siman. Here is the text you are looking ...
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Chronology of writing of the works of the Rema

Bet Yosef Orach Chaim first appeared in 1550 (Yoreh Deah in 1551; Even HaEzer in 1553; Choshen Mishpat in 1558). In R. Isserles' intro. to Orach Chaim he writes that in the middle of compiling his ...
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White booklet that lists key pieces in Ramban Al HaTorah?

It’s called ציונים לענינים באמונה ויסודות הדת בפירוש הרמב״ן עה״ת. As pointed out by רבות מחשבות in a comment, the author is R. Yerachmiel David Fried. Around ten years ago it was available in all ...
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