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New Texts for the New Year

It’s been a while since we last updated you. Hopefully you’ve all been making use of our updates and notifications page!

Here is a list of everything we’ve added to our library since mid-September when we last updated you:

Tanakh and Commentary:

  • Bekhor ShorTorah commentary from R. Joseph Bekhor Shor of Orleans – a 12th century tosafist. Sefaria’s version is based on early editions – published from the only extant manuscript, Ms. Munich 52.
  • Malbim commentary on Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi, Proverbs & Ruth – from Wikisource.
  • Tafsir RasagR. Saadia Gaon’s translation of the Torah into Judeo-Arabic.
  • The classical targumim are now available for each of the books of Tanakh, complete with nikkud and linking to verse.

Mishnah, Talmud, and Commentary:

Halakhah:

Kabbalah:

  • Chesed LeAvraham: written in 17th century Gaza by R. Abraham Azulai – a Kabbalistic author and commentator.
  • Or Neerav“The Pleasant Light.” Written by R. Moses Cordovero as a justification for the study of Kabbalah. Available with Dr. Ira Robinson’s accurate, but readable translation.
  • Pardes Rimonim“Pomegranate Orchard” by R’ Moses Cordovero (Ramak). An encyclopedic presentation of kabbalistic tenets. Made available with a digitized-by-Sefaria introduction & index.
  • Pri Etz Chaim: a primary text of Lurianic Kabbalah, focusing on parts of ritual.
  • Sefer HaKana: a mystical discourse addressing the 613 Mitzvot attributed to the tannaic sage R’ Nehunya ben HaKanah.
  • Sefer Yetzirah – the earliest extant book on Jewish esotericism – is now available in two recensions, the Short Version & the Gra Version, alongside commentaries of Rasag, Ramban, Raavad, Gra, and Pri Yitzhak.
  • Shaarei Kedusha: from R’ Chaim Vital, the foremost disciple of R’ Isaac Luria – the Arizal. In this spiritual manual, the author instructs the aspiring mystic how to attain the Holy Spirit.
  • Shaarei Orah: an early work of Kabbalah, by Joseph ben Abraham Gikatilla, dealing in ten chapters with the names of God and the divine attributes.

Philosophy:

  • Duties of the Heart including Shaar Habitachon translation by Rabbi Yosef Sebag.
  • HaEmunot veHaDeot: The Book of Beliefs and Opinions – Saadia Gaon’s philosophical masterpiece; Hebrew translation by Judah ibn Tibbon.
  • New English version of Kol Dodi Dofek: Kol Dodi Dofek, Joseph B. Soloveitchik, translated by David Z. Gordon, 2006 – R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s classic essay on the return to Zion.
  • Minhat Kenaot: a correspondence of R. Solomon ben Aderet (known as the Rashba) with the scholars of Provence on the question of the study of philosophy.
  • Rambam’s Introduction to his Commentary on the Mishnah is now available with an elegant English translation by Rabbi Francis Nataf, commissioned by Sefaria.
  • Sefer HaIkkarim: a treatise on the dogmas of Judaism by R’ Joseph Albo — the last of the medieval Jewish philosophers. The basic dogmas are reduced by the author to three: Existence of God, Reward and Punishment, and Revelation. Includes an English translation by Dr. Isaac Husik.

Chasidut:

  • Beit Aharon: the classic compendium of the Karlin-Stolin dynasty. Includes homilies on the Torah along with the teachings, ethical wills, and letters spanning across four generations of Karlin Chasidic leaders.
  • Darkhei Yesharim“The Ways of the Righteous.” A small tract written by R’ Menachem Mendel of Peremyshlan – of the Baal Shem Tov’s circle of disciples.
  • Divrei EmetTorah and Talmud commentary from R. Jacob Isaac Horowitz, known as the Chozeh of Lublin.
  • New English version of Kedushat Levi: Kedushat Levi translated by Rb. Eliyahu Munk.
  • Likutei MoharanReb Nachman of Breslov’s magnum opus. Made available through rabenubook.com.
  • Mei HaShiloach: commentary on the Torah by Rabbi Mordechai Yosef of Isbitza. First published by his grandson, this work has gained recent interest for its profound theological and psychological insights.
  • Ohev Yisrael: by R’ Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt, popularly known as the Apter Rov. This collection of thoughts on the weekly portion, printed posthumously by his grandson, was named Ohev Yisrael in light of his outstanding expression of love for the Jewish people.
  • Noam Elimelech: the popular Chassidut work of Rabbi Elimelech Weissblum of Lizhensk; made available through Wikisource.
  • Sefat Emet: a classic work of Chassidut and theology, written in the form of discourses on Torah; by R’ Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter of Gur.
  • Yakar MiPaz: a short compilation of insights from R’ Yisrael Hopstien – the Kozhnitz Maggid.

Musar:

  • Iggeret haGraSent by the Vilna Gaon while traveling to Eretz Yisrael, this letter instructed his family in the ways of Mussar.

Responsa:

And lastly, defying category, we have Sefer haBachurGramattica Hebraica by Elia Levita (also known as Eliyahu Bahur) – a Renaissance Hebrew grammarian.

 

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