May-June: New Books

May and June were busy months for Sefaria -  we added a ton of new books to the system:

The Netziv was a 19th century Rosh Yeshiva of the famed Volozhin Yeshiva. His tenure there lasted almost 40 years. His Torah commentary supports a more traditional method of approaching the text than what some of his contemporaries supported. This is the fourth volume of his commentary to be uploaded.

  • The Talmud commentary of the Rosh (digitized by Sefaria):
    • Berakhot, Shabbat, Eruvin, Pesachim, Rosh Hashanah, Beitzah, Megillah, Moed Katan, Yevamot, Ketubot, Gittin, Kiddushin, Bava Kamma, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra, Shevuot, Avodah Zara, Chullin, and Bekhorot.
  • The following super-commentaries on the Rosh:
    • Pilpula Charipta on Bava Metziah, Bava Batra, Shevuot, Avodah Zara.
    • Divrei Chamudot on Berakhot and Niddah.
    • Maadenei Yom Tov on Berakhot and Niddah.
    • Tiferet Shmuel on Pesachim, Sukkah, Yevamot, Gittin, Kidushin, and Shevuot.
    • Korban Netanel on Eruvin, Pesachim, Rosh Hashanah, Yoma, Sukkah, Beitzah, Taanit, Megillah, Yevamot, Ketubot, and Gittin.

Rabbeinu Asher ben Yechiel was an extremely important rishon who authored very important works of halacha. His Talmud commentary condenses the discussion of the Talmud and focuses on the final ruling, similarly to the Rif. His son, the Tur, collected his commentaries and published them. This is usually the first commentary printed in the Vilna shas immediately after the Talmud.

  • Maharsha's Chidushei Agadot (digitized by Sefaria):
    • Shabbat, Eruvin, Pesachim, Yoma, Sukkah, Beitzah, Megillah, Moed Katan, Yevamot, Ketubot, Sotah, Gittin, Kiddushin, Bava Kamma, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra, Sanhedrin, Makkot, Shevuot, Avodah Zara, Horayot, Chullin, Bekhorot, Niddah.
  • Maharsha's Chidushei Halachot (digitized by Sefaria):
    • Megillah, Moed Katan, Ketubot, Niddah.

The Maharsha wrote two commentaries on the Talmud – one on its laws (chidushei halachot) and one on its midrashic sections (chidushei aggadot). They are both printed in the back of the standard Vilna edition of the Shas.

  • Seder Olam Rabbah along with the commentaries of the Vilna Gaon, Meir Ayin, and Yaakov Emden.

Seder Olam Rabbah is a rabbinic work that details the history of the world from the time of creation until the conquest of Alexander the Great.

The Be'er Heitiv is a commentary on the Shulchan Aruch that is meant to explain the Shulchan Aruch. We've added the sections on Yoreh Deah and Choshen Mishpat, both of which were written by Zechariah Mendel ben Aryeh Leib of Cracow, an 18th century Polish rabbi.

We digitized an older English translation of masechet Berakhot done by Abraham Cohen, who later went on to be known as one of the people behind the Soncino Talmud and Chumash.

This becomes our fourth volume of Teshuvot of the Rashba, an influential 13th century Spanish rabbi.

The Maharal of Prague was an influential Talmudist, Mystic, and Philosopher, perhaps most well known for his role in the story of the Golem. He left a significant number of written works, which Sefaria has started to add.

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