Summer Reading Series: Chasidut, Musar, and Modern Works
In our fourth and final installment in the Summer Reading Series, we invite you to explore the new texts in our Chasidut, Musar, and Modern Works Libraries.
- Toldot Yaakov Yosef: the first Chasidic text ever published, written by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye, one of the foremost disciples of the Baal Shem Tov.
- Likutei Halachot: R’ Nathan Sternhartz of Nemirov’s voluminous work — "Collected Laws" — follows the order of topics in the Shulchan Aruch, explaining them in the light of Breslov teachings.
- Pri Haaretz: Torah commentary and letters by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, an early Chasidic master.
- We’ve added the following works of the prolific Rabbi Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin: Resisei Layla, Yisrael Kedoshim, Poked Akarim, Takanat HaShavin, Divrei Soferim, Kometz HaMincha, Et HaOchel, Divrei Chalomot, Sichat Shedim, Ohr Zarua LaTzadik, Sichat Malachei HaSharet, Likutei Maamarim, Machshavot Charutz, and Dover Tzedek.
- New English version of Messilat Yesharim, Path of the Just: Translated by Rabbi Yosef Sebag. We thank Rabbi Yosef Sebag of dafyomireview.com for making his translation available.
- New English version of Sefer HaYashar, the Book of Righteousness: an ethical work ascribed incorrectly to Rabbenu Tam, probably written in the 13th century by Zerachiah ha-Yavani. Available now with English translation by Seymour J. Cohen, 1973.
- Care of the Critically Ill: in this volume, Rav Tendler, student and son-in-law of Rav Feinstein, translates more than a dozen of Rav Feinstein’s teshuvot. Among them are teshuvot on various aspects of the care of the terminally ill, on the question of “brain death,” and on the factor of “quality of life” as it affects the questions of employing extraordinary medical measures to maintain terminally ill patients on life support. Available in Hebrew and English.
- Redeeming Relevance: Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy: Rabbi Francis Nataf gives a careful, penetrating look at the issues and personalities in the book of Shemot – inviting the reader to his conversations with Eternity. Available in English.
- Contemporary Halachic Problems, Volumes 1-6: in this much-lauded series – dealing with the most complex problems presented by the latest technologies and recent changes in social perspective – the treasures of Jewish law are made accessible to the English reader untrained in the intricacies of talmudic jurisprudence. The volumes are collected in our Modern Works Library.
We also have a new lexicon: Mahberet Menachem. Quoted by Rashi as a philological authority, this work is the first complete lexical treatment of Biblical vocabulary composed in Hebrew.