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  • Books Received XLIV

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    I don’t always have the chance to review each book, so I’ll list the books that I receive. Some of them will be quoted or reviewed in future posts. Here are the books I’ve received recently:

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    1. So I take it Nidda is the first in the previously-announced series. Do you know what the others are going to be?

    2. Bishul bshabbos by rav willig and i assume Aveilus, probably also culled from rav sobolofskys shiur

    3. I suppose no kashrut, as they’ve just issued an English volume on that from someone from the Gush.

    4. The one from Rabbi Sobolofsky is about 650 pages according to Amazon, and apparently has the peskaim of Rav Schachter, Willig etc. http://www.jewishpress.com/pageroute.do/46446/
      Is the kashrut one from the Gush similar, with pesakim of Rav Lichtenstein etc.? According to the website its only 64 pages which makes me wonder if its not more of an intro to kashrut book, rather than a heavy halachik work. http://www.korenpub.com/EN/products/maggid/halakha/9781592643363
      Has anyone seen it?

    5. I saw it at the Jerusalem Book Fair. I flipped through it but not too extensively. As you say, it’s more of an intro, but I’d have to see R’ Sobolofsky’s book to compare. It sounds pretty heavy (metaphorically speaking).

    6. Checked again. The intro says that R’ Lichtenstein reviewed the whole work and gave his p’sakim, as did other roshei yeshiva. The print is small, by the way, so it packs a lot in.

    7. Will have to buy it then – thanks Nachum!

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