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The Shulchan Aruch was written by Rabbi Yosef Karo in the mid-sixteenth century. That is the reference to #1 ("stam" means plain, without any additional qualifications. Since then, others have appropriated the name or made names that have allusions to it, when writing books which have a similar purpose - to structure and organize Jewish Law into a relatively ...


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Quick-Reference List of the Section-Contents of Igros Moshe - אגרות משה All links are to the first page of the section on HebrewBooks.org. The end of each volume has, for each of the responsa sections, a list of "references from Shas and Posekim" and a table of contents with responsa numbers, titles, and page numbers. Links to these are included ...


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The Mesillas Yesharim is certainly one of the most influential and popular seforim ever written. It is considered a basic text in most yeshivos and is widely studied by Jews throughout the world (both in the original language and in translation). Before we can address the reasons for the immense popularity of this work, we first need to address one of the ...


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There was an article in Tradition journal which discussed some of the arguments for and against using manuscripts in Halakha (which is what I'm assuming the questioner is looking for). It is linked here, but I'll summarize some of the main sources that would be relevant to dealing with this question (especially since the article is behind a paywall even ...


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There's no sin in translating Jewish texts (nowadays, at least). I have no source for saying so, but there's evidence in the vast amount of Jewish literature that has been translated into various languages. However: People sometimes can't be bothered to translate, especially because of the remaining reasons (below). Some words are very hard to translate ...


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I have no time to read the article - and therefore do not endorse anything they write. The Rabbis instituted that Holy Books like a Sefer Torah would defile the hands. Why? Because people would keep their Teruma (tithes to be given to the Cohen) with their Holy Books. This was to prevent their Teruma from becoming Tameh (impure). The rationale was the ...


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Some of this was summarized in a previous answer here. There are many opinions about this stuff, by the way. Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin's Bnei Banim 4:16 is a MUST READ. It addresses the halachic angle on some of these matters, while Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein's "Of Marriage: Relationship and Relations" (Tradition 39:2) addresses the "hashkafic" (...


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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 Haqorbanot - 651 Taharah - 2,317 Nezaqim - 993 Qinyan - 1,191 Mishpattim - 1,141 Shofettim - 1,046 Hamada` - 725 Yesode'i HaTorah - 140 De`ot - 130 Talmud Torah - ...


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An online translation can be found here.


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I would recommend William Wickes' treatise on the Taamei Emet. You are describing a revia mugrash, as distinct from a revia gadol or revia katon. It is indeed a disjunctive accent: To really understand its function, you should familiarize yourself with Wickes' description of the continuous dichotomy. But the pasuk is first divided at the etnachta (or ...


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When I was at KBY, I asked the campus Posek this question, and he said that it's OK, because the bentcher is protected by at least two layers of covering ("kli betoch kli"). He added that it may even be OK in a pants pocket without the wallet, since the fabric of the pocket and the fabric of the pants could constitute two layers.


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This is not meant to be a conclusive answer of all books written, but it so happens that a large majority of them are centered around the structure of 4 very important works, either as commentaries or summaries. Recognizing references to these four works can help you locate and gain some understanding of what a quoted work is. Tanach Tanach contains the 24 ...


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I don't know of a book that records all of his judgments. However, there is one story brought in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 6b (English)): "And David did judgment and kindness" (Samuel 2 8:16). They ask: How can there be judgment and kindness together? They answer that the way he ruled was doing judgment to one of the parties and kindness to the other: He would ...


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In America, the custom is as the custom of Europe -- to use the sefer שמלה חדשה, written by Rabbi Alexander Sender Schor (1673-1737), even though on occasion he will disagree with the שלחן ערוך. Rabbi Schor also wrote תבואת שור (an explanation to Simlah Chadasha) and בכור שור, a commentary on Shas. (see מטה אשר [commentary to שמלה חדשה] in 1:4, especially ...


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Sefer Chasidim 923 says that if 2 Seforim fell on the ground, one should pick up both Seforim prior to kissing the first one. Aruch Hashulchan Yore Deah 282:11 also mentions kissing a Sefer that fell on the floor.


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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 dropped in conjugation in minuscule type. The book is entirely in Hebrew and I can't read the introduction, so I don't know what other notational conventions ...


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I asked this question to Rabbi Mordechai Kornfeld, the rosh kollel of iyun hadaf in harnof http://dafyomi.co.il he replied: "There is a difference of opinion among the Torah authorities as to whether this section should be studied by the typical student of the Torah. Many Torah luminaries maintain that one should not seek philosophical proofs of G-d's ...


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Rabbi Shlomo Aviner suggests that Mesilas Yesharim (MY) be studied before Chovos Halevavos (CH) since MY is a written in a more accessible style and the topics are more basic. CH is deeper and the language is harder. THinking about it some more with MY you will come away with more actionable tasks. i.e zerisus, zehiros, etc.. with CH the take aways are more ...


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Wikipedia. As described there, Neusner has been criticized by the following scholars in his field of study: [Shaye J. D. Cohen, "Jacob Neusner, Mishnah and Counter-Rabbinics," Conservative Judaism, Vol.37(1) Fall 1983 p. 48-63] [Craig A. Evans, "Mishna and Messiah 'In Context'," Journal of Biblical Literature, (JBL), 112/2 1993, p. 267-289] [...


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Wikipedia has an extensive list of the Torah database software programs currently available. Any PDF (e.g. from HebrewBooks.org) opened in Safari on the iPhone can be saved to the program iBooks and read even when not connected to the Internet. Likewise, on any non-mobile computer, it can be saved to the hard drive and read later in Adobe Acrobat Reader. ...


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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 Sefer Maharil) is not a fully reliable work. For example, the Yad Malakhi (klalei HaPoskim: Klalei Shaar HaMehabrim V'HaMefarshim: 33) cites R. Sh'muel Bachrach ...


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I was, for a while, unofficially in charge of my synagogue's library, and we had it organized as follows (as well as I can recall). The guiding principle was that things should be where people will look for them. Sidurim for daily use had their own section. (Sections, really, in more than one place in the room.) The non-standard ones, not used by most ...


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There is a Sefer Halacha Pesuka (Volume 1 & Volume 2) on Yoreh Deah. If you compare the references in the Kaf Hachayim YD 75 to the Halacha Pesuka 2:75 you will see that the references matches.


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I saw that the Rosh Yeshiva of Kise Rachamim in Jerusalem Rabbi Meir Mazuz wrote that it is't considered a legitimate book and one who have it should put it in Gniza. (The book is ארים ניסי on Yevamot page שסב) Rabbi Nachman of Breslov said (as recorded in Chayei Moharan): (לה) אָמַר סֵפֶר רָזִיאֵל אֵינוֹ מֵאָדָם הָרִאשׁוֹן וְלֹא זֶהוּ הַסֵּפֶר שֶׁנָּתַן ...


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Hebrewbooks.org has a book with that title by R Shlomo Zalman Mirkash containing the ruling you reference about women and counting the Omer (available here).


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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 to read (on the down side they're also significantly heavier). The price will vary according to the bells and whistles of the particular set (such as the ones ...


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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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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 רב הונא למקרא צריך לברך ולמדרש א"צ לברך ור' אלעזר אמר למקרא ולמדרש צריך לברך למשנה א"צ לברך ור' יוחנן אמר אף למשנה נמי צריך לברך [אבל לתלמוד א"צ לברך] ורבא ...


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In the Jewish tradition regarding King David, his role as a judge doesn't figure particularly prominently. He is much better known as a military leader and as the author of Psalms, Biblical poems that serve as the basis for many of our daily prayers. If you want to learn more about the Jewish tradition regarding King David, I recommend that you take a look ...


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I do not have a single edition to recommend, but here are some things to look for when choosing a Shas. My credentials: I use a huge 35-year old "yellow" Greenwald edition of the Shas daily in my Daf Yomi shiur, a tiny Oz Vehadar to prepare on the bus (5 days a week) and whatever is available in the various shuls that I learn in. Pesukim - Verses ...


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