Weekly Freebies: Chazon Yechezkel

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R. Yechezkel Abramsky was a leading student of R. Chaim Soloveitchik. He served for many years on the London Beth Din until settling in Bnei Brak as a rosh yeshiva. His Chazon Yechezkel commentary on the Tosefta is a classic of lomdus and is available in full on HebrewBooks.org:

Zera’im: link
Mo’ed I: link
Mo’ed II: link
Nashim I: link
Nashim II: link
Nezikin I: link
Nezikin II: link
Kodshim I: link
Kodshim II: link
Zera’im: link

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. How does this compare to Lieberman’s Tosefta k’feshuta? Do they compliment one another? Or are they different in purpose/style?

  2. He originally came to London to be the Rav of the Machzikei Hadass community (a position that Rav Kook held during his sojourn in London), and only later moved to the London Beth Din.

  3. Rabbi Joshua Maroof

    I had no idea this was available online! I purchased several of the volumes over the past couple of years, they are truly outstanding.

  4. What is the largest seforim store in new york? I am looking for a copy of Rabbi Mordechai Miller’s sefer “Yom Tov Shiurim to get asap. If anyone knows how I could get it, I’d really appreciate it, thank you!

  5. Biggest will not help you here. Both Eichler’s and Zundel Berman do not have the sefer. Even online used book stores list this as out of print and hard to get. http://www.jewishusedbooks.com/prodview.asp?idProduct=47156

  6. To find things in print, try Biegeleisen, and for used/antique, Seforim World (expensive-ish) and Pinter’s (less so, but more chaotic shelving) all in Brooklyn.

  7. Rabbi Joshua Maroof

    Our local Judaica Store in Silver Spring,MD, “Eli Chai’s”, had this sefer in stock, last time I checked.

  8. lawrence.kaplan

    In the Intro to Tosefta ki-Peshutah Rabbi Prof. Liebrman states that most of the explanations (rubbo ke-kulo) of Hazon Yehezkel can be found in Hasdei David, which he refers to as THE commentary par excellence on the Tosefta. As for the contribution Tosefta ki-Peshutah makes to the already existing literature, see Lieberman’s Intro there.

  9. Prof. Lieberman presumably meant the Chiddushim, the line-by-line commentary, and not the Biurim, the lomdish excurses.

  10. By the way, why’d you switch from the KAJ piece?

  11. The copyright issue had not been resolved, contrary to my prior understanding.

  12. Rafael Araujo

    “Prof. Lieberman presumably meant the Chiddushim, the line-by-line commentary, and not the Biurim, the lomdish excurses.”

    Agree. I have always found Chazon Yechezkel much more “user friendly” and easier to use than Chasdei Dovid, which can found in the back of the Standard Vilna Shas with Tosefta.

  13. lawrence kaplan

    The Hasdei David found in the back of the Shas is an abridged and truncated edition. The full edition has now been reprinted.

  14. For those interested, there is a volumn entitled Chazon Yechezkel, which has Drashos, etc of R Abramsky ZL as well.

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